The musée YVES SAINT LAURENT
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.
YVES SAINT LAURENT 1983
The musée YVES SAINT LAURENT Marrakech (mYSLm), located on Rue Yves Saint Laurent, will open its doors to the public on 19 October 2017. Dedicated to the work of the great couturier, it will conserve a part of the collection belonging to the Fondation Pierre Bergé–Yves Saint Laurent. Housed at 5 Avenue Marceau in Paris, the collection includes 5,000 articles of clothing and 15,000 haute couture accessories, as well as tens of thousands of drawings.
A stone’s throw from the Jardin Majorelle, acquired by Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Bergé in 1980, the new building will cover 4,000 m², featuring a 400 m² permanent exhibition space, designed by Christophe Martin, showcasing the fashion work of Yves Saint Laurent.
More than just a museum, the mYSLm will include a temporary exhibition space, a research library with over 6,000 volumes, a 150-seat auditorium, and a bookstore and terrace café.
The museum was designed by Studio KO, an architectural firm established by Olivier Marty and Karl Fournier. These two young architects have realized numerous projects in Morocco, Europe, and the United States. While leafing through the couturier’s archives, they were struck by curves running alongside straight lines; by the succession of delicate and bold forms that characterized the work of Yves Saint Laurent. The facade of the building appears as an intersection of cubes with a lace-like covering of bricks, creating patterns that recall the weft and warp of the fabric. As with the lining of a couture jacket, the interior is radically different: velvety, smooth and radiant.
“The musée YVES SAINT LAURENT Marrakech combines two worlds that we are very familiar with and that are dear to our hearts: fashion and Morocco. Since the founding of our architectural firm, we have worked in this country that so inspired Yves Saint Laurent. It is with great joy that we have worked on this ambitious project, and contributed in our way to the history and prestige of the most influential fashion designer of the 20th century.” Studio KO
The opening of the Marrakech museum will coincide with the inauguration of the Musée Yves Saint Laurent Paris, which will be located at the former fashion house and current headquarters of the Fondation Pierre Bergé – Yves Saint Laurent at 5 Avenue Marceau. These two new museums will attract those passionate about fashion and art, as well as a broader public interested in discovering the revolutionary fashion work of Yves Saint Laurent and its importance to the history of the 20th century.