Exclusive: The first official photos of the Musee Yves Saint Laurent Marrakech

Exclusive: The first official photos of the Musee Yves Saint Laurent Marrakech

A Moroccan museum

Interview: Farouk Chekoufi

Editor: Shannon Wylie

Image: Yves Saint Laurent

Ahead of the highly anticipated opening of the Musee Yves Saint Laurent Marrakech this year, Buro 24/7 Middle East brings you the first look inside and out...

In 1983 Yves Saint Laurent said: "I realised that the range of colours that I used was that of the zelliges, zouacs, djellabas and caftans." The designer was referring to his love of Morocco-inspired artifacts, a source of inspiration he continually referenced throughout his days. "The boldness seen since then in my work, I owe to this country, to its forceful harmonies, to its audacious combinations, to the fervour of its creativity," he continued. "This culture became mine, but I wasn't satisfied with absorbing it; I took, transformed and adapted it."

Yves Saint Laurent in Marrakech

Now over 30 years later, Saint Laurent's style is being celebrated with the launch of the Musee Yves Saint Laurent Marrakech, a museum dedicated to the designer. In three months the iconic location will open its doors for the first time but as the historical archive of YSL is sent en route from Paris to Morocco, a feat which will see the project come to fruition, Buro 24/7 Middle East speaks to the museum's director Björn Dahlström as the first official images of the musee are released.

Musee Saint Laurent Marrakech

Musee Yves Saint Laurent Marrakech Auditorium

"Moving this vast collection of haute couture to Marrakech is a massive undertaking and a process that has been long in the pipeline. We are also honoured to have HRH Princess Lalla Salma as part of the Honorary Committee and her patronage to make this possible."

Musee Yves Saint Laurent Marrakech

"Everything is perfect, from the team at the museum right down to the perfect address, Rue Yves Saint Laurent in Marrakech. Added to this we have Madame Dominique Deroche the Ex-PR Director for the house of YSL Haute Couture — her direction and creative vision has been invaluable as she had personal insight into Mr YSL, his work and life."

Musee Yves Saint Laurent Marrakech

Also don't miss the full interview with Björn Dahlström who discusses the "profound and reciprocal bond between Yves Saint Laurent and Marrakech".