Musée Yves Saint Laurent, Marrakech

Marrakech taught me colour. Before Marrakech, everything was black.
— Yves Saint Laurent
Yves Saint Laurent. Place Djemaa El Fna. © Reginald Gray

Yves Saint Laurent. Place Djemaa El Fna. © Reginald Gray


Yves Saint Laurent came to Marrakech in 1966 and immediately fell in love with the colours and people of the bustling Moroccan capital. He bought a home in the city, and went on to restore the beautiful Majorelle Garden - an ode to the intense blue colour created by French artist Jacques Majorelle - as a gift to Marrakech. Now, just steps from the botanical garden, there's a dazzling new museum that bears the late designer's name. On display are 50 of Saint Laurent's most iconic designs, as well as a rainbow of fabric and a room full of photographs - including a series of the French actress Catherine Deneuve in Marrakech wearing Saint Laurent. The new museum was the vision of the designer's long-term partner Pierre Bergé who, heartbreakingly, died just weeks before the grand opening in October. And so the space lives on as a fitting tribute to the creative talent of both men. | Tickets 100 DH | Open daily except Wednesdays 10am–6pm


Words by Tabitha Joyce. The Iris Letter January 2018.