The new Musée Yves Saint Laurent Marrakech

The musée YVES SAINT LAURENT marrakech (mYSLm), located on Rue Yves Saint Laurent, will open its doors to the public on 19th October 2017. Dedicated to the work of the great couturier, it will conserve a part of the collection belonging to the Fondation Pierre Bergé–Yves Saint Laurent. Housed at 5 Avenue Marceau in Paris, the collection includes 5,000 articles of clothing and 15,000 haute couture accessories, as well as tens of thousands of drawings.A stone’s throw from the Jardin Majorelle, acquired by Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Bergé in 1980, the new building will cover 4,000 m², featuring a 400 m² permanent exhibition space, designed by Christophe Martin, showcasing the fashion work of Yves Saint Laurent. More than just a museum, the mYSLm will include a temporary exhibition space, a research library with over 6,000 volumes, a 150-seat auditorium, and a bookstore and terrace café. The museum was designed by Studio KO, an architectural fi rm establi-shed by Olivier Marty and Karl Fournier. These two young architects have realised numerous projects in Morocco, Europe and the United States. While leafi ng through the couturier’s archives, they were struck by curves running alongside straight lines; by the succession of delicate and bold forms that characterised the work of Yves Saint Laurent. The facade of the building appears as an intersection of cubes with a lace-like covering of bricks, creating patterns that recall the weft and warp of fabric. As with the lining of a couture jacket, the interior is radically diff erent: velvety, smooth and radiant. “The musée YVES SAINT LAURENT marrakech combines two worlds that we are very familiar with and that are dear to our hearts: fashion and Morocco. Since the founding of our architectural fi rm, we have worked in this country that so inspired Yves Saint Laurent. It is with great joy that we have worked on this ambitious project, and contributed in our way to the history and prestige of the most infl uential fashion designer of the 20th century.” Studio KO