Saint Laurent transformed
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.