Now open: The Musee Yves Saint Laurent Marrakech
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Following the first sneak peek of the Musee Yves Saint Laurent Marrakech in June, comes the official look inside the historical archive of YSL, as the museum in Morocco opened its doors this weekend. The Musee Yves Saint Laurent — which celebrates the brand's namesake designer — is dedicated to the work of the great couturier and his passion for the Arab city. Speaking about the city that inspired him, Yves Saint Laurent once said: "In Morocco, I realised that the range of colours I use was that of the zelliges, zouacs, djellabas and caftans. 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. This culture became mine, but I wasn't satisfied with absorbing it; I took, transformed and adapted it."
Now, that vision has been transformed yet again into a 400sqm permanent exhibition space, — designed by Christophe Martin — showcasing the works of Yves Saint Laurent. The museum also houses a temporary exhibition space — with the first exhibition dedicated to painter Jacques Majorelle, a research library with over 6,000 books, a 150-seat auditorium, a bookstore and terrace café.
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The Co-Founder of Yves Saint Laurent the brand, Pierre Bergé — who recently passed away — explained that the building in which the museum now sits, was built nearby Yves' house, Jardin Majorelle: "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 this country."
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The opening of the Marrakech museum comes three weeks after the inauguration of the Musée Yves Saint Laurent Paris, which is located at 5 Avenue Marceau — the former fashion house of Yves Saint Laurent. Also don't miss Saint Laurent's Spring/Summer '18 collection showcased during Paris Fashion Week to a host of celebrities.