Happy new year! 10 days ago I headed for a 36 hour jaunt to Paris, as a treat having survived Christmas. My usual hotel was closed for its annual post festive “holiday” as they are a family run establishment so I sort digs in another part of Montparnasse. As the original reason I had booked the trip had since gone away and I had no agenda for my time apart from some much needed me time in the city I love the best.
Star exhibit iconic Mondrian dress Photo by L Brennan 21/1/2018
I enjoyed lunch in a favourite spot, window shopping, walking and exploring neighbourhoods less known to me knocking up 22.5km over 36 hours. A hotel room with a bath tub and wifi were the ended the first full day well especially as I was able to watch Spiral (Engrenges 6) on iplayer.
A lazy start and big breakfast on Sunday set the pace for Sunday, I walked and found a little Market open, I brought a fresh croissant and coffee and just walked. I found my way to Pont alma were the third exit for metro was closed due to the rising waters of the river Seine. from their I walked to the Musée Yves Saint Laurent and in the rain queued like an English woman for 1hour and 15 minutes to gain entry. The museum dedicated to the late fashion designer opened last October (the same weekend I had last been in Paris) so is still relatively new. according to the door man everyday has a long queue so it is well worth booking your ticket ahead of your visit.
Image by L Brennan 21/1/18
Upon entering the swanky building and buying my ticket (10€) you enter a room with a video montage of fashion shows I and information about YSL. the room was decadent, Parisian chic with gold leaf statues and and gilded mirrors and a selection of velvet covered seats. The adjoining room on first appearances was empty until you discovered desecrate lockers to stash your coat and bag, I was more than happy to do this as I was damp and my hand bag was my over night bag and I was happy to lock it away to browse the museum.
Armed with guide, purse, mobile and ticket I wondered in to the exhibition space. That is in fact the best way to describe this “museum” as an exhibition, lovingly and wonderfully curated, I could easily see these exhibits in the V&A i a special exhibition. examples of famous dresses and Iconic styles and sketches made by Yves Saint Laurent with swatches of fabrics were on show in 3 well lit and displayed rooms including the conic 60’s Mondrian dress that was one of the most replicated patterns and dresses in the world. Then after 15 minutes you find yourself in a small book/gift shop – I brought 2 postcards and headed for the locker to retrieve my bag and coat.
Image taken by L Brennan 21/1/18
Having queued in the rain for so long I was slightly disappointed, 3 rooms and a video of fashion shows. However upon reflection, if I had prepaid and brought my ticket in advance I would have been totally happy with the experience, it was well put together, small but perfectly formed. The staff were beyond, helpful. Would I go again, maybe not for a while, and if I did I would prebook. Do I recommend this Musée – for those who love the world of fashion I highly recommend paying a visit but if classic haute couture and women’s dresses are not your thing, you maybe worth saving your time and money instead.