Last Friday was legendary designer and fashion icon Yves Saint Laurent’s birthday. He is impressive not just for his accomplishments (he took over the helm of Dior at 21 and started his own design house at 25) but for disrupting the fashion world’s status quo. He did things like introduce menswear into women’s wardrobes (the smoking/tuxedo jacket) and worked with models of all shapes, sizes and colors on his runways.
But today on This Consuela Life we’re going skip over all the pretty clothes and shoes (are you shocked?) to take a look at how Yves Saint Laurent lived in color. Particularly at his house and gardens in Marrakech, Morocco. Keep an eye out for how all the colors, textures and patterns are expertly balanced both inside and out!
The property was initially turned into studio space and gardens by French painter Jacques Majorelle. Majorelle’s fantastical garden was expensive to upkeep so in 1947 he opened it to the public and charged an entrance fee to help maintain the grounds. After a divorce and then some bad luck Majorelle was forced to sell off more and more of his land. He died in Paris in 1962 and the garden was mostly left to itself.
In 1966 YSL and his partner Pierre Bergé came upon this beautiful garden while traveling in Marrakech. Fourteen years later they heard that this magical oasis was to be torn down and replaced by a hotel. This is when they decided to buy the Jardin Majorelle and bring it back to life. Although Saint Laurent passed away in 2008, Bergé donated the Jardin Majorelle and the Villa Oasis to the foundation that bears both their names.
Do you have any tips or tricks for mixing colors and patterns in interior decor?
Header image by Bjørn Christian Tørrissen ∆ image 1 by Vince Millett ∆ image 2 from Jardin Majorelle ∆ image 3 by Oberto Gili ∆ image 4 by Marianne Haas ∆ images 5 – 8 by Oberto Gili ∆ image 9 by Pierre Boulat