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Inside the New YSL Museum in Marrakech
Musée Yves Saint Laurent Marrakech-a passion project of Pierre Bergé, the designer's former partner-has officially opened.

The wait is finally over. The much-anticipated Musée Yves Saint Laurent Marrakech, curated by the late Pierre Bergé, the designer's former partner, has opened its doors to the public this week. Built from terracotta brick and terrazzo tiles, the museum showcases Saint Laurent's most influential and personal work.

The Fondation Pierre Bergé—Yves Saint Laurent opened in Marrakech in tandem with Musée Yves Saint Laurent Paris. Both were projects of Bergé, who spent his last months creating the two museums as a tribute to Saint Laurent's impact on the fashion world.

Although the Paris museum is quite significant, Marrakech has a particular importance to both the designer and Bergé. It was on a vacation with Bergé in 1966 that Marrakech stole the heart of Saint Laurent. He loved the vibrancy of Moroccan culture, which later inspired many of his designs, and also drew from the popular tourist site Jardin Majorelle—home to the striking blue Barber Museum and its beautiful gardens.

Jardin Majorelle

A view of Jardin Majorelle gardens

It was near these gardens that Saint Laurent bought his summer villa. "He was so moved by the city that he decided to buy a house here, and he returned regularly," said Bergé. "It feels perfectly natural, fifty years later, to build a museum dedicated to his oeuvre, which was so inspired by this country.”

Thus, the Musée Marrakech was born. "The architects wanted to take these very traditional materials but use them in a very contemporary and modern way," said museum director Björn Dahlstrom. "Pierre insisted on materials such as the terrazzo, and in every shade—nougat, black, grey, pink, white—as well as the stained glass that you see in the entranceway."

Yves Saint Laurent Marrakech museum

Inside, the museum features a permanent 400-square-meter space that currently showcases selected outfits from some of Saint Laurent's favorite pieces.

Exhibit in the YSL Marrakech museum

The expansive gallery is set to show the collection through the eyes of Yves Saint Laurent. One thing is clear: Bergé's final days weren't for naught. In a laborious effort of love and artistic inspiration, he accomplished a production that couldn't have more accurately reflected Saint Laurent's vision. As Dahlstrom said, Bergé "was here on the ground overseeing every step of this project."

Pierre Bergé in Jardin Majorelle gardens

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