Je ne suis pas un couturier,
je suis un artisan,
un fabricant de bonheur.
I dove in another time at the beginning of the summer thanks to Cultival who invited me to a private tour of the Maison de Couture Yves Saint Laurent, today the Pierre Bergé Foundation.
We are welcomed in the luxurious lounges that used to be dressing rooms for the customers of the designer house. This is where they tried their orders on, these gorgeous creations designed by Yves Saint Laurent with his well-known love for women and for enhancing them.
Then we are climbing upstairs, where a door opens to his vast white study, the cream-colored fluffy carpet, I could almost believe that Monsieur Saint Laurent is going to appear in a few minutes, that’s how inhabited the place is.
The big room was kept exactly how the designer arranged it. Here are kept the archives, more than 5000 pieces of clothing, 15 000 accessories and some personal souvenirs, gifts. This is where a few Haute Couture designs are presented to us for the occasion.
The guide shows us a few minutes of a documentary made at the time. We can see a very zen and calm Monsieur Saint Laurent, just how we can picture him today.
The guide makes us relive this time where Yves Saint Laurent used to sit at his desk to draw the iconic designs we all know today. She tells us about tuxedos, the importance of the colors, the details, the anecdotes. It’s brilliant.
The visit lasted 1h15, it went by so fast.
I feel so good and inhabited here, this visit is special but not unique since it’s open to the public via the Cultival agency. The ticket costs €15,90, alone or in a group, you can book the visit directly online. By the way I recommend to search their website because Cultival is bursting with extraordinary tours of Paris, famous places but under a particular angle, a hidden Paris. A great idea for a gift or to surprise a loved one for instance. I know I would love this kind of surprises.
After the tour, you can attend the temporary exhibition of the Pierre Bergé Foundation that is currently meant to support cultural and educative actions.
I leave you with a few pictures I had the chance to take, an exclusivity for the blog.
Have a great visit !