A NEW MUSEUM HONOURS THE DESIGNER’S SECOND HOME.
Still under the radar when Yves Saint Laurent fell in love with it in 1966, Marrakech offered him boundless inspiration. A hedonistic escape and creative retreat where the designer could relax and recharge, it became his second home. He and his partner, Pierre Bergé, bought Dar Es Saada (“house of happiness in serenity”), overlooking the Jardin Majorelle, in 1974. Six years later, the couple also acquired the garden—a one-hectare oasis of cacti, bamboo, orange blossoms and water-lily ponds created by painter Jacques Majorelle in the 1920s—and kept it as a public space to prevent it from being razed by a developer. (After Saint Laurent’s death in 2008, Bergé installed a memorial here.) Fittingly, the new Musée Yves Saint Laurent Marrakech, which opened in October, sits