YSL Museum

in Marrakech

In honor of Yves Saint Laurent, a museum in Marrakech was designed to reflect the world-renowned fashion designer’s work. Created by architects at Studio KO, the building features Moroccan stone made into patterns that recall the weft and warp of fabric. As with the lining of a couture jacket, some say that the interior is radically different – likened to the radiantly smooth, velvet-feeling. 

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Having just opened recently on October 19, the Musée Yves Saint Laurent Marrakech stands proudly at 5 Avenue Marceau. The 4,000sqm space holds 5,000 pieces of clothing, 15,000 accessories and tens of thousands of drawings and photos charting the fashion house’s extensive history across the Morocco and Paris museums. But it is more than just a museum; it boasts a research library with more than 6,000 books, a bookshop, a 150-seater auditorium, and a terrace café. 

Why Marocco ? “When Yves Saint Laurent first discovered Marrakech in 1966, he was so moved by the city that he immediately decided to buy a house here, and returned regularly. It feels perfectly natural, fifty years later, to build a museum dedicated to his oeuvre, which was so inspired by this country,” said award-winning French industrialist Pierre Bergé. 

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