Shortly after the Yves Saint Laurent Museum inauguration in Paris in September 2017, the Marrakech one opened its doors. We finally found the time to get a plane to visit it and make you discover.
This project was entrusted to the French creative studio the KO Studio, founded by Olivier Marty and Karl Fournier. Already familiar with Morocco, it’s by leaning on the archives of Yves Saint Laurent that the duo of architects spots a duality between curves and straight lines. From an exterior point of view, the building is an assembly of cubes. We have learned during our visit that the bricks are reminiscent of a lace and the motif refers to a frame of a fabric. The museum interior is presented as a garment lining: velvety, smooth and luminous. All of this is not obvious at first glance, so take the time to analyze the space as a whole before entering this architectural treasure. The softness of the pastel colors matches the Majorelle blue, so symbolic of this city, the light is introduced and played constantly with stained glass. And the terraces are not there without recalling those ones of a riad.
We had heard that despite its small size, it was full of treasures, and we were not disappointed with the result. Two exhibitions were offered to us, we chose to focus on the permanent, the one you will be brought anyway to discover if you go through this urban oasis that is Marrakech.
Born August 1st in 1936 in Oran, Algeria, we knew through stories and their adaptations to cinema the troubling life led by Yves Saint Laurent. These stories focus more on the intimate life of this prodigy than on the creations that ensued, this exhibition helps to better understand.
Understanding how twice a year, December 1st and June 1st Yves Saint Laurent decided to go to Marrakech to draw his Haute Couture collection. Discovered in 1966, Morocco had a great influence on all of his work. Its colors have been an inexhaustible source of inspiration for the designer. Lovers of foreign travels and cultures, Russia, Japan, India, China and Spain will also have charmed him.
Yves Saint Laurent will have made discover the sweetness of this oriental city to its muses and more particularly to Catherine Deneuve, who will always have weared with a lot of elegance its creations in exceptional landscapes. The exhibition will make you discover those cliches. The visit will end with a mesmerizing documentary retracing all fashion shows of this French designer who wrote one of the biggest chapter in the fashion history.
Useful info :
Yves Saint Laurent Museum
Rue Yves Saint Laurent, 40000 Marrakech
Open everyday from 10am to 6pm except on Wednesday.
During Ramadan time : from 10am to 5.30pm