Yves Saint Laurent: Transparencies, The Power of Materials Yves Saint Laurent: Transparencies, The Power of Materials

Yves Saint Laurent: Transparencies, The Power of Materials Yves Saint Laurent Museum Paris from February 9 to August 25, 2024

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Ticket valid for entry to the exhibition Yves Saint Laurent: Transparencies, The Power of Materials (February 9, 2024 - August 25, 2024) on the date and time chosen.

What to expect

Exhibition Overview: "Yves Saint Laurent: Transparencies, The Power of Materials"

The Musée Yves Saint Laurent Paris is proud to present "Yves Saint Laurent: Transparencies, The Power of Materials," a captivating exhibition running from February 9 to August 25, 2024. This exhibition pays vibrant homage to one of fashion's most iconic figures, Yves Saint Laurent, and his revolutionary approach to transparency in garment design. Dive into the poetic and bold world of the legendary designer while discovering essential details about the venue, opening hours, and why you should definitely book your visit.

Venue and Opening Hours

The exhibition takes place at the Musée Yves Saint Laurent Paris, a historic location preserving the legacy of one of the 20th century’s most influential fashion designers. Located at 5 Avenue Marceau in the 16th arrondissement of Paris, this museum is a sanctuary for haute couture enthusiasts and those eager to discover Yves Saint Laurent's innovations and unique vision.

Individual visitors can access the exhibition daily from 11 am to 6 pm, except on Mondays. The last entry is at 5:15 pm, but night owls can enjoy extended hours on Thursdays until 9 pm, with the last entry at 8:15 pm. Groups are welcome from Tuesday to Saturday, 9 am to 11 am, by reservation only through Cultival. These varied hours allow everyone to find the perfect time to experience this exceptional exhibition.

A Poetic Exploration of Transparency

"Transparencies: The Power of Materials" is the second chapter of a story that began last summer at the Cité de la Dentelle et de la Mode in Calais. Curated by Anne Dressen, this new chapter offers an in-depth exploration of transparency as an artistic means favored by Yves Saint Laurent.

Far from being a mere absence of material, transparency is used by Saint Laurent to create fascinating visual effects and light play. Since the 1960s, he has turned to materials like chiffon, lace, and tulle, transforming them into bold design elements that reveal and conceal the female body with unmatched delicacy. Iconic pieces on display include the famous See-Through Blouse from Spring-Summer 1968 and the Nude Dress from the following collection, both symbols of women's emancipation and power.

Inspired Scenography

The exhibition’s scenography, designed by architect Pauline Marchetti, explores the sensory dimensions of space. Each section is carefully crafted to provide an immersive and emotional experience. The first section introduces visitors to the various materials used by Yves Saint Laurent, such as organza, Cigaline®, lace, tulle, and chiffon, allowing for an exploration of the multiple facets of transparency.

In the following sections, the female body gradually reveals itself through intricate transparencies, while the fluidity of movement is highlighted by soft fabrics that animate the body like a dreamlike mist. Transparency also unveils the construction lines of a garment, showcasing Saint Laurent’s technical virtuosity.

Artistic Resonance

In harmony with Yves Saint Laurent’s fashion creations, the exhibition incorporates works by modern and contemporary artists. Hypnotic drawings by Anne Bourse, fashion photographs by Man Ray, Loïe Fuller's serpentine dance filmed by the Lumière brothers, and works from Picabia’s Transparencies series enrich the exhibition. These artworks dialogue with Saint Laurent’s creations, offering a broader perspective on the concept of transparency and its artistic impact.

Why Reserve?

Reserving your visit for this exhibition is essential for several reasons. First, the Musée Yves Saint Laurent Paris is a highly sought-after destination, and tickets for its exhibitions sell out quickly. By booking in advance, you ensure access to this unique experience without the risk of last-minute disappointment.

Additionally, reservations guarantee an organized and enjoyable visit, especially for groups. The time slots reserved for groups, from Tuesday to Saturday, 9 am to 11 am, require prior booking through Cultival, allowing for better visitor flow management and ensuring a more intimate and personalized experience.

Finally, this exhibition is a rare opportunity to discover iconic and unseen pieces of fashion history, along with essential elements of Yves Saint Laurent’s creative process. The displayed sketches, pattern pieces, photographs, and accessories offer a fascinating insight into how the designer revolutionized women’s fashion.


"Yves Saint Laurent: Transparencies, The Power of Materials" is a celebration of the creative audacity and poetic vision of one of the greatest couturiers of all time. By exploring transparency, Yves Saint Laurent reconciled opposites, allowing women to assert their bodies with pride and insolence. This exhibition invites you to discover the refined and revolutionary universe of Yves Saint Laurent in a setting that honors his legacy.

Don't wait to book your tickets and immerse yourself in an unforgettable sensory and artistic journey at the Musée Yves Saint Laurent Paris. Whether you are a fashion enthusiast, an art lover, or simply curious to discover the work of a creative genius, this exhibition is a must-see event. Book now and ensure you don’t miss this exceptional celebration of transparency and the power of materials.


From June 01st 2024 to July 25th 2024
Available on Thursday
Schedule: 6:00 pm, 6:30 pm, 7:00 pm, 7:30 pm, 8:00 pm

Yves Saint Laurent Paris Museum: Entry Ticket

Come and discover the Yves Saint Laurent Paris Museum.
Located in the historic venue of the former haute couture house, the Yves Saint Laurent Paris Museum opened its doors in October 2017, showcasing the designer's work and creative genius, as well as the process of creating a haute couture collection.
Preserved within the elegant mansion in the 16th arrondissement, Yves Saint Laurent's studio is also part of the museum tour.
Current exhibition (February 9 to August 25, 2024): "Transparencies: The Power of Materials"

The ticket provides access to all museum exhibition spaces.
The ticket does not allow skip-the-line access.
Tickets purchased online cannot be collected at the museum; they must be printed at home or presented on your smartphone during access control.
Tickets are scanned at the entrance of the Yves Saint Laurent Paris Museum.
Each ticket is valid for the date or period indicated on the ticket.


Dive into the Art of Transparency with your Group

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5 Avenue Marceau
75116 Paris
Parking lot
Alma-George V, 19 Avenue George V - 75008 Paris
Public transportation
6392Alma - Marceau

Common questions

When is the "Transparencies: The Power of Materials" exhibition taking place?

The exhibition runs from February 9 to August 25, 2024.

What are the opening hours for individual visitors?

The exhibition is open every day from 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM, except on Mondays. The last admission is at 5:15 PM. On Thursdays, the opening hours are extended until 9:00 PM, with the last admission at 8:15 PM.

Where is the exhibition taking place?

The exhibition is held at the Yves Saint Laurent Museum Paris.

Who is the curator of this exhibition?

Anne Dressen was invited as the artistic advisor for this exhibition.

What is the main theme of the exhibition?

The exhibition explores transparency as Yves Saint Laurent's privileged artistic expression, highlighting the use of materials such as chiffon, lace, and tulle.

How many textile pieces are being showcased?

Approximately forty iconic and unpublished textile pieces are being showcased.

How is the exhibition organized?

The exhibition is structured around five sections, exploring different facets of transparency in Yves Saint Laurent's creations.

Who designed the exhibition's scenography?

The scenography was designed by architect Pauline Marchetti, who delves into the sensory dimensions of space.

How can I book tickets for the exhibition?

Tickets can be purchased online. Make sure to book in advance to secure your visit.

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