Yves Saint Laurent at his desk in 1976

ACCESS ALL AREAS: When the Pierre Bergé-Yves Saint Laurent Foundation in Paris reopens next year as a permanent museum, visitors will be able to visit the couturier’s studio and the former couture salons for the first time.

The renovation is headed by stage designer Nathalie Crinière and interior designer Jacques Grange, who have worked on a number of the foundation’s art exhibitions since it opened in 2004. The exhibition space will be doubled in size and refurbished in the style of Saint Laurent’s original couture house.

It will feature a constantly updated display from the house’s archives, which include 5,000 couture garments and 15,000 accessories, as well as thousands of sketches, collection boards, photographs and objects.

The Paris opening in the fall of 2017 is to coincide with the inauguration of another Saint Laurent museum in Marrakech on Rue Yves Saint Laurent near Jardin Majorelle, a garden the designer and Bergé turned into a cultural site with a museum of Berber culture.

French architecture firm Studio KO is to head the Moroccan project. Spanning more than 43,000 square feet, the building will house a permanent display of Saint Laurent’s work staged by Christophe Martin, a space for temporary exhibitions, an auditorium, a research library and a café and restaurant.

“When Yves Saint Laurent discovered Marrakech in 1966, he was so moved by the place that he decided to buy a house and regularly go back there. It feels perfectly natural, fifty years later, to build a museum dedicated to his oeuvre, which was so inspired by this country,” said Bergé.

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