Yves Saint Laurent Museum Opens in Marrakech Near Popular Tourist Site
The opening of the Yves Saint Laurent museum in Marrakech comes less than three weeks since the inauguration of another museum dedicated to the fashion pioneer in his home city of Paris.
This museum has been designed by the French architectural firm Studio KO. It extends across 4,000 square meters close to the Majorelle Garden, which Yves Saint Laurent and his late partner Pierre Berge bought in 1980.
The new building includes an exhibit hall, an auditorium, a library, a bookshop and a restaurant. And of course, it houses a permanent exhibit on the work of the prolific French couturier who died in 2008.
On October 14, the actresses Catherine Deneuve and Marisa Berenson together with the wife of Moroccan King Mohammed VI, Lalla Salma, inaugurated the museum.
“This project finds its genesis in the temporary exhibition organized in the Majorelle Garden, which was called ‘Yves Saint Laurent and Morocco,'” explained Museum Director Bjorn Dahlstrom. “(That) exhibition was so enthusiastically welcomed that Bergé decided to create here, in Marrakech, a museum dedicated to Yves Saint Laurent.”
Berge, who was Saint Laurent’s business partner, “often came to the construction site to see its progress,” said Sanaa El Younsi, a member of the museum team.
Next to the museum we can find the Majorelle Garden which had a special significance for Saint Laurent. The famous designer often created his collections in the shade of the city’s dappled terracotta buildings with the scent of flowers in the air. This garden is one of the most visited tourist sites in the city.
Saint Laurent would come here “as soon as he finished a collection, to rest and prepare a new collection,” said Majorelle Garden Foundation head Quito Fierro.
“The garden was closed to the public between 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. to allow Yves Saint Laurent to walk without meeting people,” he remembered. “Almost all the collections were drawn on a white sheet in Marrakech.”