January 21, 2021

Pierre Bergé Unveils YSL Museums in Paris and Marrakech

PARIS — Even illness couldn’t keep Pierre Bergé away from the press conference on Thursday unveiling the future Yves Saint Laurent museums in Paris and Marrakech, slated to open this fall.
A labor of love if ever there was one, the project grew out of the Fondation Pierre Bergé-Yves Saint Laurent, which since 2004 has been staging exhibitions to showcase items from its archive of 5,000 items of clothing, 15,000 accessories and tens of thousands of sketches by the late couturier.
“In 2002, when Yves Saint Laurent decided to retire, I decided to transform memories into projects. Others may try, but they have no memories, so they can always keep trying,” said the 86-year-old Bergé, feisty as ever despite being confined to a wheelchair after a stint in hospital for an undisclosed ailment.
“He came home about a week ago,” said his husband, American landscape gardener Madison Cox, who is vice president of both the Fondation Pierre Bergé-Yves Saint Laurent and the Fondation Jardin Majorelle in Morocco, which is adjacent to the new museum.
“He was absolutely insistent that he be there, because this is really the pinnacle of his [work], I think, for him: the idea of not just one, but two, museums in

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