An Yves Saint Laurent Museum in Marrakesh, Morocco that has been in the works for the past few years will officially open this October.
Last year the Fondation Pierre Bergé-Yves Saint Laurent announced that a museum dedicated to Yves Saint Laurent and his design legacy would be built in Morocco next to the Jardin Marjorelle which is part of the Villa Oasis, where Saint Laurent spent the final years of his life. The 43,000 square foot structure was designed by Paris architecture firm Studio KO and will include a store, a library, a café and a 150-seat auditorium. Inspired by both the local architecture of Morocco and Saint Laurent’s work, the curving lines of the building’s exterior are meant to reference folds of fabric. The museum will house a wide selection of clothing and haute couture accessories, all painstakingly curated by Saint Laurent’s partner in life and business, Pierre Bergé.
Speaking to the New York Times, museum director Bjorn Dahlstrom said of Saint Laurent:
“He’s Marrakesh and Paris. He’s color and black, masculine and feminine, the line and arabesque, together, it’s essential YSL.”
Fittingly a sister museum will also be opening in Paris on October 3 during Paris Fashion week. The Yves Saint Laurent Marrakesh Museum will open on October 19. We can’t wait to check out this stunning new space!