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Mona von Bismarck (1987 - 1983)

Born in the United States, Mona Travis Strader first married Henry J. Shlesinger in 1917 to whom she left custody of her son in exchange of half a million dollars when they divorced in 1920. She next married the banker James Irving Bush said to be the 'handsomest man in America', in 1921. Her third husband, in 1926, was Harrison Williams with whom she led a lavish life, becoming the first American woman to be named 'The Best Dressed Woman in the World', in 1933. Mona became von Bismarck when she married the German aristocrat at her previous husband's death and shared her time between her Parisian town-house and Capri. The socialite who had managed to ladder up the social ranks from her native Kentucky by marrying older wealthy men, turned herself into a much envied queen of Café Society who graced the pages of Vogue magazine with her Balenciaga gowns, served as model to Salvador Dali and even got to be referred to in a Cole Porter song: 'What do I care if Mrs. Harrison Williams is the best dressed woman in town?'

Tags / Mona von Bismarck - 1950s - It Women - Muses - American Socialite - Elegance - Wealth - Cafu00e9 Society
Mona von Bismarck by George Platt Lynes, ca. 1940
Mona von Bismarck by George Platt Lynes, ca. 1940
Mona von Bismarck by Horst P. Horst for Vogue, 1967
Mona von Bismarck by Horst P. Horst for Vogue, 1967
Mona von Bismarck by Edward Steichen for Vogue, 1928
Mona von Bismarck by Edward Steichen for Vogue, 1928
Mona von Bismarck by Cecil Beaton, 1936
Mona von Bismarck by Cecil Beaton, 1936
Mona von Bismarck, 1950s
Mona von Bismarck, 1950s
Mona von Bismarck wearing Balenciaga in her Parisian Hôtel Particulier by Cecil Beaton, 1955
Mona von Bismarck wearing Balenciaga in her Parisian Hôtel Particulier by Cecil Beaton, 1955
Mona von Bismarck wearing Balenciaga in her Parisian Hôtel Particulier by Cecil Beaton, 1955
Mona von Bismarck wearing Balenciaga in her Parisian Hôtel Particulier by Cecil Beaton, 1955
Mona von Bismarck by Peter Stackpole, 1950s
Mona von Bismarck by Peter Stackpole, 1950s
Mona von Bismarck by Horst P. Horst, ca. 1941
Mona von Bismarck by Horst P. Horst, ca. 1941
Mona von Bismarck by Cecil Beaton, 1959
Mona von Bismarck by Cecil Beaton, 1959
Salvador Dali, Portrait of Mrs Harrison Williams (Mona von Bismarck), 1943, oil on canvas, 91.7  x 61.26 cm
Salvador Dali, Portrait of Mrs Harrison Williams (Mona von Bismarck), 1943, oil on canvas, 91.7 x 61.26 cm
Mona von Bismarck and Jacques de la Beraudiere, 1938
Mona von Bismarck and Jacques de la Beraudiere, 1938
Mona von Bismarck by Cecil Beaton for Vogue, 1936
Mona von Bismarck by Cecil Beaton for Vogue, 1936
Mona von Bismarck by Cecil Beaton for Vogue, 1936
Mona von Bismarck by Cecil Beaton for Vogue, 1936
Mona von Bismarck, ca. 1957
Mona von Bismarck, ca. 1957
Mona von Bismarck, Cecil Beaton and Ben, 1936
Mona von Bismarck, Cecil Beaton and Ben, 1936
Mona von Bismarck by Cecil Beaton for Vogue, 1931
Mona von Bismarck by Cecil Beaton for Vogue, 1931
Jo Davidson and Mrs. Harrison Williams (Mona von Bismarck) by Peter Stackpole, 1950s
Jo Davidson and Mrs. Harrison Williams (Mona von Bismarck) by Peter Stackpole, 1950s
Mona von Bismarck by Cecil Beaton, 1932
Mona von Bismarck by Cecil Beaton, 1932
Albrecht Edzard Heinrich Karl von Bismarck and Mona von Bismarck, 1950s
Albrecht Edzard Heinrich Karl von Bismarck and Mona von Bismarck, 1950s
Mona von Bismarck by Cecil Beaton for Vogue, 1933
Mona von Bismarck by Cecil Beaton for Vogue, 1933
Mona von Bismarck wearing Balenciaga in her Parisian Hôtel Particulier by Cecil Beaton, 1955
Mona von Bismarck wearing Balenciaga in her Parisian Hôtel Particulier by Cecil Beaton, 1955
Mona von Bismarck by Cecil Beaton, ca. 1938
Mona von Bismarck by Cecil Beaton, ca. 1938
Mona von Bismarck and Randolph Churchill at El Morocco, 1950s
Mona von Bismarck and Randolph Churchill at El Morocco, 1950s
Mona von Bismarck, 1950s
Mona von Bismarck, 1950s
Mona von Bismarck wearing Balenciaga in her Parisian Hôtel Particulier by Cecil Beaton, 1955
Mona von Bismarck wearing Balenciaga in her Parisian Hôtel Particulier by Cecil Beaton, 1955
Mona von Bismarck, 1950s
Mona von Bismarck, 1950s
Mona von Bismarck by Cecil Beaton, 1958
Mona von Bismarck by Cecil Beaton, 1958
Mona von Bismarck by Cecil Beaton for Vogue, 1939
Mona von Bismarck by Cecil Beaton for Vogue, 1939
Mona von Bismarck, 1950s
Mona von Bismarck, 1950s
Leonor Fini, Mona Williams Bismarck
Leonor Fini, Mona Williams Bismarck
Mona von Bismarck by Cecil Beaton, 1948
Mona von Bismarck by Cecil Beaton, 1948
Mona von Bismarck, 1950s
Mona von Bismarck, 1950s
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