Marrakech has long been the playground for Europe's jet set, and Paris-based Yves Saint Laurent had a second home there that he frequented. So, around 1980, when he learned that one of the city's most stunning gardens, Jardin Majorelle, had fallen into disrepair, he and his partner Pierre Berge bought it. They opened it to the public, and did the public ever come. It's now one of the most popular tourist attractions in the Red City.
When Saint Laurent died in 2008, his ashes were scattered at Jardin Majorelle. And so, for 25 dirham, you can tour the garden and pay your respects. His official memorial is tucked away in the back of the garden. The simple concrete pillar is a bit bland, in comparison to the lush tropical and desert plants, fountains, and piercing cobalt blue buildings and accents.
But then again, fashion designers don't tend to have over-the-top monument-style memorials. Their funerals or memorial services are their glitzy last act -- think Gianni Versace, Alexander McQueen. Some leave part of their fortunes to worthy causes -- Geoffrey Beene, for instance, endowed a cancer research center at New York's Memorial Sloan Kettering hospital. And of course all of them leave their legacies hanging in the many closets of the fashionable.