Modem Accessories Fall-Winter 2014-2015
Cover by Fondation Pierre Bergé Yves saint Laurent
For this edition, which is dedicated to the Fashion Accessories Collection F/W 2014/15, we gave carte blanche to the Fondation Pierre Bergé – Yves saint Laurent that holds the exhibition’’ : ‘‘Berber Women of Morocco’’ from March 21 to July 20, 2014.
The exhibition explores the central role of women in the Berber culture and is divided into three spaces focusing on the following topics: Portrait of the Berber Women of Morocco, Skills and Craftsmanship, Traditional Clothing and Adornment
This exhibition presents the most beautiful objects predominantly from the sumptuous collection of the Jardin Majorelle’s Musée Berbère in Marrakech, from the collection of the Musée du quai Branly, and from private collections.
Almost immediately upon arrival in Morocco in 1966, transported by their love for Morroco, Yves saint Laurent and Pierre Bergé began to collect Berber art.
The marvelous collection they amassed accompanied them to their successive dwellings until 1974 to Dar Es Saada, the villa neighboring the famous Majorelle Garden, founded by painter Jacques Majorelle and finally to the Majorelle Garden itself in 1980, where the couple undertook the restoration of both the Garden and the artist’s studio nestled in its heart.
They purchased it in 1980 and by the mid-1980s, with the assistance of American architect Bill Willis, they began planning a museum dedicated to Moroccan Islamic art and civilisation.
After Yves saint Laurent’s death on June 1, 2008, visitors came to see the Majorelle Garden in increasing numbers. Pierre Bergé undertook the renovation of the Garden and entrusted the construction of a museum dedicated to the Moroccan civilisation and culture. The Berber Museum was thus born and opened its doors in 2011 in Majorelle’s former studio.
‘’The majority of the objects at this exhibition come from the Museum. I have asked that the exhibition be consacrated to Berber women because most of the objects concern them. And also because of the vital role that Berber women play in the transmission of their cultural identity : the language, the skills, the education of the children’’. Pierre Bergé
Exhibition : ‘‘Berber Women of Morocco’’
from March 21 to July 20, 2014
Fondation Pierre Bergé – Yves saint Laurent
3 rue Léonce Reynaud, 75116 Paris.