It’s fair to say that Yves Saint-Laurent had a thing for North Africa. “When he discovered Marrakech in 1966, he was so moved by the place that he decided to buy a house and regularly go back,” said his partner Pierre Bergé earlier this year.
Saint-Laurent’s ready-to-wear designs of the 1960s made him one of the most influential fashion designers of modern times, but it was timeless Marrakech that would inspire him for much of his career. He was frequently to be found strolling the medina in a jellabiya. Where better, then, to open a museum dedicated to his memory?
Close to the city’s famous Jardin Majorelle, the Modernist space is scheduled to open in October with design by Studio KO, the architects behind London’s achingly hip Chiltern Firehouse. “We tried to preserve Yves Saint-Laurent’s legacy by making an elegant, sophisticated yet pure building,” says project manager Fayçal Tiaïba. Like a Saint-Laurent accessory, the styling is all “lines and curves – the contrast between the soft finish of the interior and the eye-catching exterior”. Quite simply, it’s this season’s must-see. museeyslmarrakech.com