Musée Yves Saint Laurent Paris – Renouvellement du parcours inaugural

Musée Yves Saint Laurent Paris – Renouvellement du parcours inaugural


The house of Yves Saint Laurent is pretty much
the only haute couture house to have preserved its heritage from the very beginning. As museum curators, it is our mission to transmit
its history and convey what Saint Laurent wanted people to understand while he was alive. It is our job to ensure that the items in our
collection are subject to as little damage as possible. As soon as they are exposed to light,
however, they begin to deteriorate. This means that we have to rotate all of the items
on display in the museum halfway through an exhibition. The first phase of the rotation process involves
taking the selected works for display out of storage. Once this is done, they are inspected by
our restorers who examine their condition and suggest potential restoration work and
the necessary procedures for dust removal. Saint Laurent designed each model with accessories. He often said that he liked dresses to be
sober and accessories to be wild. We have therefore chosen the jewelry
that was designed for each silhouette and which Saint Laurent planned
to accompany each design. The trickiest stage of the rotation process
is when the garments are placed on the mannequins. We try to limit the strain placed on
the fabric when we hang it on the mannequin since it will eventually
deteriorate over time. The members of our conservation department and
registrar’s office, along with the help of other museum staff, will replace nearly all of the works
on display with other items. Rotating the display over the course
of one day and night is extremely tricky since all of our staff members are
working simultaneously in the same room. This requires a high
level of organization. The mannequin is adorned with a hat
and jewelry, arranged, and lit for display. These items are veritable
works of art, and it is our role to ensure that they
endure and are preserved for eternity. Our successors will eventually
inherit this patrimony, which we strive to conserve
as best we can so that they can still be admired
in the centuries to come. The new display will be on view
until September 9, 2018.

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