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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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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