aaInside Yves Saint Laurent's secret Moroccan garden
Judging from his rich life it would seem that Saint Laurent was a most passionate man; amongst these passions, Morocco. The influence is clear in his designs and it is no wonder the couturier would have spent some of his life on that cherished land. That love was expressed throughout his life, in his words, in his designs, in his actions...
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Besides his own designs Saint Laurent was a collector of everything Moroccan, may it be garments of jewellery; this Moroccan passion was highlighted at the Pierre Bergé and Yves Saint Laurent foundation back in 2008, in an exhibition of their vast personal collection that felt like a beautiful tribute.
The properties are definitely fitting to the grand lifestyle one would rightly associate them with. One of them, in Marrakech, once was the retreat of French painter Jacques Majorelle; Saint Laurent and Bergé bought it back in 1980. The mesmerising blue in a sea of greens is one of Morocco's must-sees for visitors who now get to explore its lush gardens. A visual experience with shades so vibrant it seems fitting they should have influenced such a master of colour and texture.
aaInside the Majorelle Gardens
aaA colour was named after this very unique shade of blue, Majorelle blue
aaTwo extensive master suites, three guest rooms and various drawing rooms are only a few of the extras
While the duo is famous for their love of art - and their even greater love of collecting it - this Moroccan property remained fairly deprived of artworks. According to Bergé: "The paintings that would have worked in Tangier were Matisse. Those are in the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Hermitage in St Petersburg. You can’t put worthless things on the walls. It’s better to have nothing at all."
Source: Swide Magazine