Moroccans Stuck in an Identity Bind

By ANNAMARIE HOULIS Renowned French designer Yves Saint Laurent put Morocco on the fashion map in the 1980s when his famous garden in Marrakech, the Jardin Majorelle, inspired his collections. American designer Michael Kors incorporated Morocco’s bold colors and busy textile patterns in his S/S “Afriluxe” show during New York Fashion Week last year. And American Peter Som’s Resort collection reflected nomadic desserts and exotic Moroccan motifs including a wandering-vine pattern. Morocco is an inspiration for fashion designers around the world, but Moroccan designers have been largely ignored, working in relative obscurity even within their own country.  Read more