YSL in Marrakech


With the fashion industry currently in the glorious throes of YSL nostalgia, it’s only fitting that yet another robust retrospective has been mounted in the designer’s honor.  Following the career-spanning pièce de résistance of an exhibit at Paris’ Le Petit Palais earlier this year– which showcased everything from YSL’s myriad variations on ‘Le Smoking’ to his art-focused creations based on Mondrian, Van Gogh, and others– is a highly personal exhibit at the Majorelle Gardens [Jardin Majorelle] in Marrakech, Morocco, in the museum that once served as a refuge for Saint Laurent and his partner, Pierre Bergé, from the hustle and bustle of life in the fashion world.

The show’s borderline-banal title, ‘Yves Saint Laurent and Morocco,’ belies a visually stunning exhibit which displays 44 garments directly inspired by YSL’s time spent absorbing the saturated colors and traditional dress of this North African town, acting as an inspiring oasis far from the demands of his daily routine at the helm of an international fashion house.  The Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Bergé Foundation calls the exhibit ‘an homage by Yves Saint Laurent to the residents of this country, to the sky of Marrakech; its colors and its lights.’ For more information on the show itself, which runs through March 18th, 2011, visit the YSL-PB Foundation website.  And for those jet-setters who can’t make it to Morocco, the show will move to the ONA Foundation in Casablanca from April 15th – July 17th, 2011.

A view of the Jardin Majorelle

YSL himself in Marrakech, late 70s

Pierre Bergé & YSL in Marrakech, 1976                                   View of the Majorelle today

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