The preservation of the legacy of one of fashion’s ever greatest designers.
The one and only legendary Yves Saint Laurent.
It rained relentlessly for most of the first week YSL spent in Marrakech. This relatively rare event began on the day the fashion designer and his partner Pierre Berge arrived in February 1966.
Berge passed away aged 86 in his sleep last Friday, 8th September 2017 at his home in Saint-Remy-de Provence.
The concierge at La Mamounia hotel assured them the weather would improve and after a few days, it cleared, the sun shone, the scent of jasmine drifted through the warm air and the snow-capped Atlas Mountains appeared in the distance.
Marrakech, a city after my own heart.
YSL, the talented legendary designer. The significance of my birthday and his death has always kept me close to his story and his life even after death.
The Film; Yves Saint Laurent
I saw Yves Saint Laurent in 2014 with my brother at the Stratford Picture House Cinema. It's a French narrative and recollection of the biography of YSL made into a dramatic film, directed by Jalil Lespert and co-written with Jacques Fieschi, Jérémie Guez and Marie-Pierre Huster.
The film is based on the life of Yves Saint Laurent from 1958 -2008. The film depicts the milestone of YSL after his dismissal from the House of Dior, Yves Saint Laurent (Pierre Niney) with his lover and business partner, Pierre Bergé (Guillaume Gallienne) and how he builds a formidable fashion empire. It was an insight into his life as an open gay designer living in Paris and some of the challenges he dealt with i.e drug use and other self destructive issues.
Film critic reviews were not great but hey, it was a good watch. Tom and I are into low budget indie movies anyway. But hang on, have I stressed enough my undying love for YSL and Tom Ford? The pair of them = phenomenal and obsession.
But of course, and oh, so Chanel! Coco Chanel is life!
So 2017 has been such San amazing year so far and to top it, seems to be a year of celebrating YSL's life after death. Wasn't it earlier this year, I was looking online at the exhibitions of YSL's "Perfection of Style" at the Seattle Art Museum. Wishing I was there for all the Seattle Art Affairs...
And then, last week, wide eyed and in lust at the new (un) affordable Supreme Bouquet fragrance which has recently joined my bourgeois perfume collection.
And is it Sod's Law that I subsequently stumble upon 'The Pursuit of Beauty' on the British Airways Highlife Magazine, inflight and inbound to the Isle of Man over the weekend. ********************
All the signs led me to write about him.
For Yves Saint Laurent, a visit to Marrakech in 1966 was the start of a love affair that endured his entire life. Now, a new museum paying tribute to the late designer opens this autumn. His story will reveal reports of those who witnessed how the North African city inspired one of the greatest couturiers of the 20th Century. The new Musee Yves Saint Laurent will open in Marrakech on 19th October 2017.
But wait! It's not all!!!
The Musee YSL Paris also opens in Avenue Marceau on 3rd October. Oh, so Paris!
Dedicated to shedding light on the life of the French designer, the Paris museum will open the doors of Yves' former studio, whilst the Marrakech space will remain in the Majorelle gardens and will include a library, a concert hall, and a sprawling exhibition space inside of a terra cotta building.
You know what this means, for the culture and art enthusiast? 2 additional bullet points on my bucket list.
" I wanted to return to a true femininity by accumulating les and ornaments which, of all time, helped to charm women. "
Yves Saint Laurent
He did it through this legacy of preservation.
I am ultimately one of those women charmed by him.