Yves Saint Laurent said: “A visit to Marrakech was a great shock to me. This city taught me color”. A friend of Yves Saint Laurent, Pierre Berge said: “When my friend Yves Saint Laurent and I first visited Marrakech, we could not even imagine that it will become a second home for us”. In 1980 Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Berge bought an abandoned house, which was prepared to be destroyed, the house with a previously beautiful garden, the property of French artist Jacques Majorelle. Couturier began restoration work. Now it is a legendary Palace in Marrakech, glowing with all the colors of the rainbow – one of the best creations of the great Yves Saint Laurent. “There is a garden in Marrakech, for which I feel a real passion.” – Yves Saint Laurent. The ashes of the great couturier were dispelled right here
“I wanted – said Pierre Berge – to tell the visitors about Yves Saint Laurent’s love to Morocco. He is very well known all over the world, but in the hearts of Moroccans, he stands out. World famous designer often received inspiration in this country”.
Color of villas notably stand out against the red terracotta-Marrakech. This blue is called “live blue” or “blue Majorelle”
Today Majorelle Garden is open to tourists. At the entrance visitors are greeted by a magnificent fountain and a small bamboo walkway with benches. After the 40-degree heat of Marrakech you find yourself in a quiet and shady garden, where birds sing, and the colors and paints delight the eye.
One day in 1976, speaking of one of his collections of Yves Saint Laurent said: “This collection is colorful, alive and vibrant. Woven fabrics as they do in Morocco sewing dzhellyab – wool stripes. I I do not know if this is my best collection. But this is my beautiful collection”.
The exhibition features 44 dummy, dressed in classic designs of Yves Saint Laurent. They demonstrate a deep connection between the design of the artist and the Moroccan culture. The visitors are offered the unique photographs, documents, sketches, showing how the designer interpreted the Morocco national dress, ornaments and embroidery.