“Fashions fade, style is eternal”, Yves Saint Laurent.
One of my favourite quotes by this legendary French fashion designer, born on the 1st of August 1936. In honour of what would have been his 81st birthday, I’m writing this blog, focussed on his influence on the beautiful gardens of ‘Le Jardin Majorelle’ (located in Marrakech, Morocco).
Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Bergé (co-founder of Yves Saint Laurent Couture house and life/business partner of Yves Saint Laurent) discovered Le Jardin Majorelle in 1966, during their first stay in Marrakech. The two man quickly became very familiar with this beautiful garden and visited it every day. It was open to the public yet almost empty. Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Bergé were amazed by the oasis of the colour combinations. When they heard that the garden was to be sold and replaced by a hotel, they tried their best to stop this project from happening. They eventually bought Le Jardin Majorelle in 1980.
Yves Saint Laurent said he was able to find an unlimited source of inspiration in the garden and said that he dreamt many times about its unique colours. I had the privilege of visiting this amazing place last spring. And I can say that nothing was more true than what Yves Saint Laurent said. It was magical: all of the colours, plants, flowers, beautiful architecture and animals (there were turtles!) made this place like a dream. Over here you can see some of my own pictures that I took while visiting this special place:
As you can see, this garden contains a lot of beautiful colours. The colours that are mostly used are: green, yellow and different shades of blue. When I left Le Jardin Marjorelle, I felt super inspired and wanted to do something with this feeling. After I got home I decided to create the same colour scheme/atmosphere in my room and with some small changes I was able to redecorate my room to make it look like Le Jardin Majorelle. Every time I enter my room I get inspiration, because it reminds me of that amazing garden that was once owned by that amazing person.
Sadly Yves Saint Laurent passed away on the 1st of June 2008, his body was cremated and his ashes were scattered in Le Jardin Majorelle. On the 27th of November 2010, the street in front of the Le Jardin Majorelle’s entrance was renamed the ‘Rue Yves Saint Laurent’ in his honour. His life and business partner Pierre Bergé donated Le Jardin Majorelle and the villa belonging to it (Villa Oasis) to the foundation in Paris which bears both Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Bergé.
If you ever have the chance to visit this amazing place, I definitely recommend you to go there, I promise you, you will not regret it!
I hope you liked this blog and maybe you even got some inspiration out of it!
Have a great day!
Lots of love,