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First Impressions

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Some first impressions last a lifetime. When Yves Saint Laurent visited Marrakech for the first time in 1966 he fell madly in love with the cobalt blues, safron oranges, rosy reds and striking yellows of the city. These exotic colors continued to serve as an endless source of inspiration for him long after his first glimpse of the city.

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To honor the great influence Morocco’s color palette and people had on Saint Laurent’s masterful designs comes an exhibition curated by Pierre Bergé, Yves Saint Laurent and Morocco. Appropriately held in Majorelle Gardens in Marrakech, the exhibition showcases 44 of his haute couture designs and reconstructions of traditional Moroccan wear.

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The show is split into three sections, the first, titled Inspiration, touches on the parallels of Moroccan architecture and apparel. The second room, Colour, was designed by set designer Christophe Martin and explores the striking colors of the city.

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Lastly, the models in African Dream are posed under a “starry night” reminiscent of lanterns lighting the pathway through the garden. The spotlights here draw attention to materials he used from wooden beads and pearls to raffa and mica.

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The Marjorelle Garden (below) was designed by French artist Jacques Majorelle. After his death in 1980 it was left to Yves Saint Laurent. Saint Laurent restored the garden and it soon became a home for the designer and his partner Pierre Bergé. Today the garden stands as lush as ever and the beautiful blue villas are kept as a museum, boutique and cafe run by their foundation.

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November 27th, 2010 through March 18th, 2011

Yves Saint Laurent and Morocco

Jardin Majorelle Marrakech / (00) 212 0 524 313 047

Photos: Courtesy of Style.com, Vogue.com

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