The artist in fashion: Yves Saint Laurent

Today, Yves Saint Laurent would have turned 86. He is: a legend of the fashion world. If you want to know why, it is best to visit the museum dedicated to him in his adopted home of Marrakech. A brief look at his life. And to Morocco.
Text Alfred Rzyski
Photo Harper Sunday

"I know that I have advanced fashion and opened up a previously forbidden universe for women," Yves Saint Laurent once said. That is not a bit presumptuous: He started his career at Dior, but soon took off with his own brand - and changed the fashion world forever. It was he who made the dinner jacket acceptable for women and thus catapulted a fashion symbol of emancipation into the world. Sometimes scandalous, sometimes highly elegant, but always influential - he was a style-setter in the best sense of the word.

It goes without saying that an entire museum has been dedicated to him, his eponymous fashion brand and his legacy. In Marrakech, where he had retired to after the end of his active time as a fashion designer. Architecturally fully inspired by Saint Laurent's clean lines, the building in earthy tones invites visitors to explore not only the universe of the master of haute couture, but also the building itself. For those who do not want to make the journey: The responsible Studio Ko of architects Olivier Marty and Karl Fournier has documented its commission in a kind of diary.

Studio KO: Yves Saint Laurent Museum Marrakesch, Phaidon, 272 pages, 45 €.

Starting with the first call from Saint-Laurent's partner Pierre Bergé, through the creative process to the final realisation of the building. Worth reading - and visually a successful homage to creativity. The only challenge: like the pieces once designed by Yves Saint Laurent, the book is in great demand and currently out of print, at least at the publisher Phaidon. We just hope for a usually pleasant basic mechanism of the fashion industry: everything comes back.

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