As well as Paris, an Yves Saint Laurent museum was inaugurated in Marrakech on October 19, 2017.
“In Morocco, I learned that my own color range was that of the zelliges, the zouacs, the jellabas and the caftans. I owe the boldness of my work to this country, to the fierceness of their harmonies, to their audacity of mixing and to the ardor of their designs. This culture has become my own, but it wasn’t enough for me to import it; I appended it, transformed it, adapted it”
said Yves Saint Laurent in 1983, 17 years after falling for Marrakech’s charm and moving there with Pierre Bergé. It was obvious therefore, to open a museum in the Moroccan city, dedicated to his unforgettable work. In the heart of this new building of 4000 m², designed by Studio Ko, situated near the Jardin Majorelle and purchased by the couple in 1980, a section of the Fondation Pierre Bergé – Yves Saint Laurent collection will be exhibited in a scenography by Christophe Martin, divided into a permanent and a temporary exhibition space. With a research library, an auditorium and a café with a terrace, the Yves Saint Laurent Marrakech museum will begin with a retrospective exhibition presenting the house’s iconic pieces (the sailor coat, the Mondrian dress, the smoking jacket and the safari jacket) all touched by the designer’s eclectic and exotic inspirations.
If you’re traveling to the area, here’s the official address.
Yves Saint Laurent Museum
Rue Yves St Laurent, Marrakech 40000
Photography by © Nicolas Mathéus