Mar­rakech gets a mu­seum on Yves Saint Lau­rent; a new cul­tural spec­ta­cle out­side Hanoi; the at­trac­tions of Changi Ter­mi­nal 4.

DestinAsian - - DEPARTMENTS - —James Louie

Hot on the heels of a new Paris mu­seum ded­i­cated to fash­ion giant Yves Saint Lau­rent, its larger Moroc­can coun­ter­part has opened in the en­chant­ing city that so in­spired his work. The Musée Yves Saint Lau­rent Mar­rakech was the fruition of an idea that sprang from an im­mensely pop­u­lar 2010 ex­hi­bi­tion in the Ma­jorelle Gar­den next door, which the cou­turier and his long­time part­ner Pierre Bergé ac­quired in 1980. French ar­chi­tec­ture firm Stu­dio KO looked to the archives of Saint Lau­rent for in­spi­ra­tion, giv­ing the ed­i­fice a bal­ance of curves and straight lines, while ac­knowl­edg­ing Mar­rakech’s ver­nac­u­lar style in the fa­cade of terra-cotta brick. In­side, roughly 1,000 items on dis­play span the il­lus­tri­ous de­signer’s 40-yearca­reer; the per­ma­nent ex­hi­bi­tion fo­cuses on 50 of his most iconic looks. Else­where in the mu­seum, there’s an au­di­to­rium, a li­brary, a book­shop, and a res­tau­rant, not least a ded­i­cated gallery that spot­lights up-and-com­ing talent, with lo­cal de­signer Noured­dine Amir set to open a solo show on Fe­bru­ary 23 ( museeyslmar­rakech.com).

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