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In 1983, Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Bergé bought Château Gabriel in Benerville-sur-Mer, where Proust met the editor Gallimard. A great admirer of Marcel Proust, Yves-Saint-Laurent has Jacques Grange decorate his Norman castle in homage to the writer. All of the rooms in the villa were named after the characters in "The Search for Lost Time." "

The regulars have their room there, Charlotte Aillaud is Oriane de Guermantes, Anne-Marie Muñoz is Albertine, Loulou and Thadée Klossowski are the Verdurins, Madison Cox is Morel, Betty Catroux is Madeleine Lemaire, Yves Saint Laurent is Charles Swann and Pierre Bergé is Baron Palamède de Charlus.

“It is my haven between two storms. I come here to rebuild my strength between two anxieties “, Confided during a rare interview Yves Saint Laurent. Far from the mundane, the couturier liked to come and relax at Château Gabriel, draw and live his passion for decoration and horticulture. Recognized patron and neighbor of the parish, he had taken charge in 1977 of part of the restoration of the Saint-Laurent church in Deauville (notably the roof), an action which earned him being made an honorary citizen by Anne of Ornano. In 1988, the association of the Friends of the Saint Laurent church endowed the building with a new bell. Yves Saint Laurent is the godfather and Anne d'Ornano the godmother. Today, the small church of Mont-Canisy is listed in the inventory of Historic Monuments.

In September 2008, Philippe Augier, Mayor of Deauville and Pierre Bergé inaugurated Place Yves Saint Laurent in Deauville, at the crossroads of the Casino and the Printemps store. The event was part of the Heritage Days whose national theme was "Heritage and creation". A theme made for Deauville whose history has been under the sign of creativity and the arts for more than a century.

“The most representative of this thirst for horticultural arrangements reminiscent of Goethe, the Prince of Ligne, throughout the Age of Enlightenment, is undoubtedly the park of Château Gabriel, which they covered with the most breathtaking factories. Crazy about Visconti, whose death he particularly admired in Venice, Saint Laurent liked to think about the terrible fate of Louis II of Bavaria. With Pierre Bergé, the dream became matter. He had trees planted and a lake similar to the one where the virgin king drowned. Another day, Yves having appreciated India Song, by Marguerite Duras, we had a room identical to the film set. Another day again, back from Leningrad (the city was still called that way) where they had sponsored the restoration of the costumes of Catherine II, the two lovers raised in the park of the Gabriel castle a pavilion of tea on the model of the dacha that Peter the Great was built on the Isthmus of Karelia. With their personal touch, however. If the logs came from Siberia (why?), The stained glass windows were French and dated from the XNUMXth century. As for the inspiration, it always came from Visconti… ”

Fiona Levis, Author of Yves Saint Laurent, the color man of time, at Editions du Rocher

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