MOROC­CAN DREAMING

ELLE (Australia) - - Fiction -

If you’re look­ing for a way to le­git­imise your pas­sion for all things ter­ra­cotta, a trip to Mar­rakech has never been time­lier. Not only is the city’s newly built Musée Yves Saint Lau­rent a tonal dream, it’s a feat of mod­ern ar­chi­tec­ture – the ex­te­rior fea­tures ter­ra­cotta bricks made of Moroc­can earth, con­crete and ter­razzo in­ter­laced to re­sem­ble wo­ven threads of fab­ric, with the in­te­rior mim­ick­ing the lin­ing of a hand­crafted YSL jacket. Built next to the famed Ma­jorelle Gar­den – recog­nis­able for the in­tense blue hue of the for­mer res­i­dence, now a mu­seum, that sits within it and which Yves Saint Lau­rent and his part­ner Pierre Bergé pur­chased in 1980 to live and work in – the Musée Yves Saint Lau­rent con­tains 4,000sqm of per­ma­nent and tem­po­rary ex­hi­bi­tion space. Along with a revered col­lec­tion of Yves Saint Lau­rent’s sketches, gar­ments and ac­ces­sories that pro­vide an in­sight into the vi­sion­ary’s cre­ative process, there’s a 5,000-book li­brary with plenty of fash­ion tomes (in­clud­ing those on YSL’S oeu­vre) to in­spire.

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