© Adrien Dirand
Andy Warhol predicted back in 1975: “All big department stores will become museums, and all museums will become department stores”. Although it’s not yet quite this way, I can remember clearly, when not too long ago, people were discussing whether or not fashion is art. Whether fashion should be in a museum or donated to an old clothes collection. Now, reality has made this decision for us: In front of the Parisian Musée des Arts décoratifs, a side wing of the Louvre, every day up to 4000 visitors stand in line to see the mega show Dior: Designer of dreams. Near the Trocadero there are long lines, too. The new Yves Saint Laurent Museum has just opened here. Small, intimate and privately financed by the Pierre Bergé-Yves Saint Laurent Foundation. You can’t buy anything, at least not clothes, but you can definitely dream. Plus, you can gain an understanding of how yearnings are transformed into textiles and how garments become witnesses to an entire age.