There are few people who don't know what the letters 'YSL' stand for. Thanks to an incredible body of work, a career spanning decades and a brand DNA currently being transformed by Saint Laurent creative director Hedi Slimane, the Algerian-born designer has a left an indelible mark on the fashion world.
And for those who've been lucky enough to take in one of the many Yves Saint Laurent retrospectives that have popped up over the years, you'd know that the designer has literally thousands of couture and accessories as part of his archive. So the Fondation Pierre Bergé-Yves Saint Laurent probably breathed a sigh of relief when it was confirmed that they'll be setting up not one, but two permanent homes for his studio.
The first will be located in Marrakech - the favoured Moroccan city where the designer often took up residence. Spanning 4,000 square feet, the space will be located near the Jardin Majorelle (a garden saved by Fondation Pierre Bergé-Yves Saint Laurent back in 1980 when the designer was still alive). They're also planning to update the existing YSL archive in Paris so that visitors can score a glimpse the late designer's studio and salon. While the studio is currently available for private tours by appointment, we imagine the 2017 refresh will allow for much easier access into the fertile mind and creative workings of Yves Saint Laurent.
Even though both projects aren't due for completion until spring 2017, it's still something to consider next time you're planning a trip to Paris... or Marrakech.