To commemorate the upcoming August 1st birthdate of fashion icon Yves Saint Laurent, I am reminiscing on Marrakech, Morocco, and moments in his Jardin Majorelle, or, Majorelle Garden.
To preserve the 40-year masterpiece designed and curated by artist Jacques Majorelle, Saint Laurent and his partner Pierre Bergé cemented their fondness of Marrakech, and the garden, by acquiring it and its residence in 1980, thus saving it from impending demise.
*Bergé said of the Jardin Majorelle, ‘We were seduced by this oasis where colours used by Matisse were mixed with those of nature.’
The richness of the signature cobalt bleu Majorelle decorates the home of the garden’s Berber Museum, created to honor the history and culture of Africa’s most indigenous people. Over a dozen species of birds, entwined with calming fountains, and various palms and cacti, share the spirit of Saint Laurent, and his, and Bergé’s cohesive expression of beauty, in various forms; cementing a respect, admiration, and vision, for Marrakech, and the Jardin Majorelle.
Exquisitely curated, each lily pad ostensibly placed by hand, the garden is quiet and serene. Its visitors navigate with a collective reverence for its beauty, filled with vibrant color, designed with the detail of an artist, by an artist, with a vision…Its equivalence to walking into a tropical Moroccan dream, with Yves…
Joyeux Anniversaire, Monsieur Saint Laurent,
*Footnote: Bergé Quote from www.jardinmajorelle.com