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Like his compatriot Henri Matisse 54 years before him, the late couturier Yves Saint Laurent experienced an epiphany when he first encountered Morocco. Emboldened by the dazzling array "on each street corner" of "pink, blue, green, and violet caftans," he explained, Saint Laurent brightened his palette, incorporated into his sartorial repertoire such exotic elements as the burnoose, and made a ritual of returning regularly to work on his collections. And while Morocco awakened in him his celebra

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