French fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent is linked to North Africa in more ways than one. He was born in Algeria, for a start, but it’s Morocco that held Saint Laurent’s imagination strongly, and in turn, also that of his fashion fans. Together with his partner in business and life, Pierre Bergé, Saint Laurent discovered the Jardin Majorelle in Marrakech in 1966, and they acquired it in 1980, saving the garden from demolition. The pair continued to allow visitors in and also restored the premises – the garden itself and the painting studio of Jacques Majorelle. This month, a new fashion museum dedicated to Saint Laurent’s entire oeuvre, from Le Smoking to the safari jacket, opens close to the Jardin Majorelle, the Musée Yves Saint Laurent Marrakech
(mYSLm), on the Rue Yves Saint Laurent. The blue on the walls combined with the greenery, the tiles and stained-glass windows come together stunningly, just as Saint Laurent fused many influences in his ground-breaking designs.