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Marrakech, city muse of Yves Saint Laurent

Yves Saint Laurent’s passion for Marrakech is told in a summer exhibition in Évora, Portugal.

This summer, fashion and art history lovers will be heading to Portugal. The exhibition “LOVE – Marrakech opened

my eyes to colors – Yves Saint Laurent” is installed in the Palace of the Dukes of Cadaval, in the beautiful city-museum

of Évora. From June 5 to October 30, 2022, it takes visitors in the footsteps of the great designer, fourteen

years after his death.

Proof that Yves Saint Laurent never ceases to inspire fashion and designers, the exhibition brings to life a particular,

yet so important, episode of his life: his meeting with, and then his adoration for, Marrakech, a city that became

a second home for him and Pierre Bergé. It was there, in the heart of Morocco, that he awakened to the vibrant

colors as he says after his first trip in 1966. “In Morocco, I realized that the range of colors I use was that

of zelliges, zouacs, djellabas and caftans. I owe the boldness that has since manifested itself in my work to

this country, to the strength of its harmonies, to the assurance of its combinations, to the fervor of its creativity.

This culture became mine, but I didn’t just absorb it, I took it, transformed it and adapted it”, he explains

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Yves Saint Laurent, for the love of travel and colors

Yves Saint Laurent has navigated between the classic shades, from beige to navy through black and red. But it

was after his first visit to Marrakech, in 1966, that his work underwent a real chromatic transformation. The

exhibition made it its first act, directed by Stephan Janson, a French couturier who knew Yves Saint Laurent and

his partner Pierre Bergé for many years. On the occasion of the exhibition, he revisits the importance that color

and raw material had in the career of the “little prince of haute couture” through a selection of fifteen creations

dating from the 1970s to the 1990s, all of which were inspired by the bright color palette and traditions of Morocco.

These were installed in the hollow of the church of São João Evangelista, in the palace grounds. Nike Max Air 90 Animal Gs Cheetah Snake Pair 90s Kicks Sneaker Beastly Designed Sole Snakeskin Solecollector Francisco Nogueira / Yves Saint Laurent – Church of São João Evangelista

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Francisco Nogueira / Yves Saint Laurent – Church of São João Evangelista

In a second time, the exhibition focuses on the mythical posters “LOVE” made by Yves Saint Laurent during

his stays in Marrakech. These famous annual greeting cards include motifs dear to the designer such as hearts

and snakes. Here again, the color occupies a central place. The result of inventive cuts and collages, these

colorful blocks recall the works of Henri Matisse as much as Yves Saint Laurent’s new passion for his adopted

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Pierre Bergé Foundation – Yves Saint Laurent

This second chapter also opens to the Moroccan art scene. For this, the curator Mouna Mekouar takes the public

to discover the influences shared between Yves Saint Laurent and contemporary artists including Meriem Bennani,

Sara Ouhaddou, Yto Barrada, Younes Rahmoun, Soufiane Idrissi, Nassim Azarzar, Malika Agueznay, Hicham Berrada

and Anissa Agueznay.

Finally, the exhibition ends with a tribute to Pierre Bergé and his great support for artists like Noureddine

Amir, the first Moroccan designer to have presented a collection of haute couture in Paris, in July 2022. Using

textures, colors and shapes reminiscent of the Amazigh constructions found in the cities of southern North Africa,

the garment imagined by Noureddine Amir weaves a link with the African continent and transports visitors into

another world. Curated by Alexandra de Cadaval, this final section presents the designer’s sculptural dresses

and shows how the boundaries between fashion, art and architecture can blur. 

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