The donation in question includes a collection of ancient Caftans, accompanied by scarves, belts, and accessories, dating from the late 19th and early 20th century. The pieces were exhibited a dozen years ago at the Yves Saint Laurent Museum in Paris, called “Une passion marocaine: Caftans, broderies, bijoux” (A Moroccan Passion: Caftans, Embroidery, Jewelry).
Presented in 2008, the exhibition consisted of 36 caftans, which reveal the importance and richness of the Moroccan heritage that had much influence on the work of Yves Saint Laurent.
In a statement to the MAP, Madison Cox, also president of the Majorelle Garden Foundation, was delighted that “this collection can finally return to Morocco, as Pierre Bergé so ardently wished,” which, he said, “Had a very strong connection with the kingdom”.
For his part, Mehdi Qotbi stressed that “this donation shows all the affection that the deceased had for Morocco and its culture,” adding that this collection is intended to be exposed at the Musée du caftan et de la parure in Oudayas in Rabat.
The president of the FNM welcomed the “excellent collaboration between the two Foundations, which both work to promote Moroccan culture and openness to the other,” concludes the same source.