When Fashion Designer Yves Saint Laurent visited the famed Moroccan city of Marrakech in 1966, he was captivated and inspired by the city’s culture and beauty. Fast forward more than 50 years later and his legacy is honoured with a museum in the glorious city.
The 43,000-square-foot building was designed by Paris-based Studio KO and echoes traditional Moroccan architecture with its brick facade. The understated design of the Musée Yves Saint Laurent Marrakech will house the highly coveted designs of the Yves Saint Laurent label and feature a 130 seater auditorium, bookshop, a cafe-restaurant, a 130-seat auditorium, a boutique, bookshop, a cafe-restaurant, a research library consisting of an astounding 5,000 volumes and for the die-hard fashion connoisseurs, a boutique.
When Yves Saint Laurent first discovered Marrakech in 1966, he was so moved by the city that he 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. –Pierre Bergé
A permanent exhibition space where the work of Yves Saint Laurent will be presented in a scenography by Christophe Martin is the sure showstopper of the museum and its opening coincides with the inauguration of a new Yves Saint Laurent museum in Paris. The museum in Marrakech is located on Rue Yves Saint Laurent stands next to to the Jardin Majorelle, which Laurent and his partner Pierre bought together in the 1980s.