Saint Lau­rent trans­formed

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The long-awaited and highly an­tic­i­pated open­ing of the Musée Yves Saint Lau­rent in Mar­rakech is upon us. Sit­u­ated on Rue Yves Saint Lau­rent, the mu­seum will open its doors next month. The col­lec­tion in­cludes 5,000 ar­ti­cles of cloth­ing and 15,000 haute cou­ture ac­ces­sories, as well as tens of thou­sands of draw­ings in a strik­ing build­ing de­signed by Paris-based ar­chi­tec­tural prac­tice Stu­dio KO. While the mu­seum is ded­i­cated to the work of the great cou­turier, it also con­serves a part of the col­lec­tion be­long­ing to the Foun­da­tion Pierre Bergé-Yves Saint Lau­rent. The foun­da­tion’s premises at 5 Av­enue Marceau in Paris have also un­der­gone a re­fur­bish­ment. Saint Lau­rent’s con­nec­tion to Mar­rakech be­gan in 1966, when he and Pierre Bergé, his man­ager, busi­ness part­ner and lover, were moved by a spec­tac­u­lar villa and grounds which they even­tu­ally bought. Half a cen­tury later, it feels right to build a mu­seum ded­i­cated to his oeu­vre, which was so in­spired by this coun­try, says Bergé. In 1983, Saint Lau­rent wrote “the range of colours I use was that of the zel­liges, zouacs, djellabas and caf­tans. The cul­ture be­came mine but I wasn’t sat­is­fied with ab­sorb­ing it; I took, trans­formed and adapted it.”

All of which is now ours at this shrine to won­der.

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