Yves Saint Laurent's Babylon

Take a look inside the home Yves Saint Laurent shared with his partner Pierre Bergé and the beauty of all the art they surrounded themselves with over the years. #parisian #yvessaintlaurent #pierreberge #interiordesign #art #luccastel #artbook #fashionbook #interiordesigngoals

It was 1969, when Yves and Pierre first came to look at the duplex at 55 Rue de Babylone, in Paris’s Seventh Arrondissement. Little did they know it will become their new home that they will lovingly fill with a collection of breathtaking art.


I bought this book back in Paris, as I've always been fascinated by the artistic vision of Yves Saint Laurent and as fashion goes hand in hand with art, it's only natural that his knowledge in both areas was limitless.


The fashion collections of YSL have cleverly evoked great art over the years: silk jackets beaded and sequined with Impressionist paintings and Trapeze dresses suggestive of Mondrian are just a few examples. But whether in his fashions or in his interiors, Saint Laurent's imagination has always been in harmony with his flawless sense of style and elegance and his unending quest for perfection.


Throughout the apartment, there were also touches of the highly personal: framed photos, notes and sketches of friends or people he admired, stacks of books and magazines, vases always filled with his favourite lilies, souvenirs and reminders of friends of earlier days, such as Rudolf Nureyev, Coco Chanel and Jean Cocteau. What would I give just for a quick walkthrough.

In July 2008, Pierre Bergé announced that he would be selling their collection—amounting to some 800 lots—through Christie’s, in conjunction with his own auction house. As controversial as it may have been at the time, he explained his reasons:

"In life we have to share—money, culture, everything. I love that idea. I’m very happy to have made with Yves one of the greatest collections of the century. In a few years, I will be very pleased to see at an exhibition the label ‘Provenance Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Bergé.’ In time people will tell one another, ‘You really should know about these two guys, who lived in the 20th century in Paris.’" Pierre Bergé

Despite, or perhaps because of the auction, the legend of the apartment will surely continue to grow. As Saint Laurent’s favorite writer, Marcel Proust, once observed, “The only paradise is paradise lost.”


Take a look at the gallery of photos from the book (below) to get a better idea.

Over fifteen years after the haute couture house closed, the Musée Yves Saint Laurent Paris opened on October 3, 2017. It is located at 5 avenue Marceau, where Yves Saint Laurent spent nearly thirty years designing his collections from 1974 to 2002. The same building serves as the headquarters of the Fondation Pierre Bergé – Yves Saint Laurent, where an ever-changing rotation of retrospective displays and temporary thematic exhibitions will present the Fondation’s rich and unique collection. Make sure you stop by on your next visit.

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