The Fondation Pierre Bergé – Yves Saint Laurent in Paris is dedicating its 21st exhibition to Berber Women of Morocco and showcasing the different types of adornment and their evolution. The mission of the Fondation Pierre Bergé – Yves Saint Laurent is to conserve garments, haute couture accessories and sketches that testify to Yves Saint Laurent’s creativity, organize exhibitions: fashion, painting, photography and drawing among others and support artistic, cultural and educational projects. In 2010, the Foundation inherited the Jardin Majorelle in Marrakech, originally saved by Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Bergé in 1980. In the heart of the Jardin, the Berber Museum opened in 2011 and hosts a collection of Berber Art. The Foundation’s current exhibition, Berber Women of Morocco, seeks to recreate in Paris the spirit and aesthetic of the Berber Museum in Marrakech.
It is an occasion not only to share the richness of the Amazigh civilization, but also to honor Berber women, to whom the Amazigh culture owes its survival. The survival of a culture depends on the transmission of language, but also on certain, essentially feminine, skills, such as weaving or, in the northern region of the Kingdom, pottery. The exhibition is an opportunity to display the diverse and extraordinary beauty of Berber adornments. – Fondation Pierre Bergé – Yves Saint Laurent
Yves Saint Laurent always had a passion for Morocco and loved to take creative retreats there to get in touch with his creative side and be inspired by oriental lifestyle and traditions. With this exhibition, the Fondation honors both Yves Saint Laurent and the Berber culture. The exhibition describes the Berber women, their skills and craftsmanship and also their adornment. Jewelry, clothing and accessories are on display. You can find very detailed descriptions of the meaning of these pieces as well as their fabrication. The Berber jewelry was quite astonishing and very symbolic.
Can jewels be about empowerment as well as adornment? Suzy Menkes, The New York Times
We hope you enjoyed reading a bit about culture and if you’re in Paris over the next few months, don’t hesitate to go to the Fondation and discover this beautiful exhibit.
The Bloom Intellectual Team