It is well known that Yves Saint Laurent had an affinity for the pink city of Morocco. “Marrakech taught me color”, he recalled one day, adding that before, “everything was black”. This fascination led the late designers’ co-founder, Pierre Bergé, to build the serene Musée Yves Saint Laurent Marrakech.
Hailed as one of the finest museums in the world, the project was built by Studio KO and was one of the last works commissioned by Bergé before his death. Phaidon chronicled this development in a new book that documents the 1,423 days the museum was designed, built and opened in 2017.
The publication opens with a heartfelt foreword by Bergé’s widow, Madison Cox. More than just a testament to an intimate partnership between Saint Laurent and Bergé, the book serves as “a warm tribute to Morocco. . . this elegant book traces the incredible artistic process that allowed a raw and candid sketch to metamorphose like a chrysalis into a generous and magnificent building,” said Cox.
Yves Saint Laurent Museum Marrakech comes in two options – standard for $49.95 USD and a deluxe edition that comes packaged in a linen case with gold edges for $150 USD.
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