At the Yves Saint Laurent Museum in Marrakech
"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, fifty years later, to build a museum dedicated to
his oeuvre, which was so inspired by this country."
In Marrakech for the Christmas holidays, I take the opportunity to discover the fabulous museum dedicated to Yves Saint Laurent.
Walking through the Majorelle garden, the building colored like the Moroccan desert plunges me into the wonderful world of fashion designer. Dressed in a brick lace, the museum reminds me of the dresses that I admired so much during the fashion shows.
To achieve this, Pierre Bergé called on Studio KO architects Karl Fournier and Olivier Marty.
Inside, a calm and peaceful atmosphere reigns. In a room with black walls are presented Yves Saint Laurent’s flagship designs -
the Saharan jacket, the Mondrian dress, the smocking, the trench coat and many others - that marked 20th century’s fashion and
accompanied women’s emancipation all over the world.
The muses of the creator also catch my eyes : Catherine Deneuve, photographed in the Medina in the 90s, but also his favorite models
Loulou de la Falaise, Betty Catroux, Talitha Getty and Marisa Berenson in the lens of the most talented photographers.
Yves Saint Laurent’s sketches cross paths with Picasso’s, Matisse’s and Van Gogh’s retracing his artistic inspirations. Naturally, the inaugural exhibition is dedicated to Jacques Majorelle, as the painter played an important role in the history between Yves Saint Laurent and Morocco.
We can also see the first work of art acquired by Yves Saint Laurent and his partner Pierre Bergé in 1960: the sculpture of the Senufo bird.
The mythical bird is a symbol of fecundity, fertility and virility. He is also known for bringing prosperity and protection.
Conceived as a lively place by its director Björn Dahlström and scenographer Christophe Martin, the museum offers an extraordinary audiovisual installation.
The photographs, the films, the voices and the music give me the impression to be part of the universe of Yves Saint Laurent for a few hours.
I discover sketches made for the theater arts : he collaborates with
Roland Petit and François Truffaut among others and dressed Zizi Jeanmaire, Arletty, Jeanne Moreau and Isabelle Adjani.
The visit continues in the Pierre Bergé auditorium: conceived in a design that is both simple and modern, it is equipped with a projection and sound system allowing an immersive experience in the world of Yves Saint Laurent.
The place was designed to be both a recital hall, a conference space and a venue for projection.
I continue this enchanted walk in the Majorelle garden; Since my father moved to Marrakech, I love to take a walk there with my family.
Yves Saint Laurent and his partner Pierre Bergé discover this place during their first trip to Marrakech and fall in love with this place.
In 1980, the couple became owners of the Oasis villa and the Majorelle garden, saving it from a project to build a hotel complex that
would have led to his disappearance.
In the garden, exotic plants mingle with the bright blue Art Deco building (the "Majorelle blue"); this place is a fabulous
source of inspiration for my collections.
Last year, I designed the Talitha collection as a tribute to Marrakech.
Photo credits : Yves Saint Laurent Museum website