Inside the new Yves Saint Laurent museum in Marrakech
Legacy lives on
The late designer—whose designs were greatly inspired by Marrakech—regarded the city as his second home
Following the opening of the first Yves Saint Laurent museum in Paris earlier this month, Fondation Pierre Bergé-Yves Saint Laurent has unveiled a second museum in the late designer's second home—Marrakech. He first visited the Moroccan city with his business partner and longtime companion Pierre Bergé—who oversaw the whole production of the Paris and Marrakech museums before his death last month—and has been vocal about the influence the city had on his designs, stating that it's the main inspiration behind the use of colour in his designs.
"When Yves Saint Laurent first discovered Marrakech in 1966, he was so moved by the city that he immediately decided to buy a house here, and returned regularly. It feels perfectly natural, 50 years later, to build a museum dedicated to his oeuvre, which was so inspired by this country." -— Pierre Berge
Located on Rue Yves Saint Laurent near Jardin Majorelle, which is a garden he and Pierre Bergé saved from development in 1980, the space—designed by Studio KO—spanning over 4,000 square metres will include a "permanent exhibition space showcasing 5,000 looks, 15,000 haute couture accessories accompanied by sketches; a 130-seat auditorium, a bookshop, a restaurant with a terrace, and a research library housing 5000 books."
Have a first look of the museum before it opens to public on the 19th of October here: