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February Birthdays, Mona Bismarck…

(Above: Photographed April 1, 1967 at her estate in Capri, Villa Il Fortino)

Mona von Bismarck was more than a socialite and fashion icon, she was a source of inspiration for women around the world. Born February 5th, 1897, Mona graced the pages of Vogue on several occasions, was declared the best-dressed woman in the world in 1933, and was named to the International Best Dressed List Hall of Fame in 1958 – but despite all this, she still knew how to get her hands dirty. Mona and her husband, Harrison Williams, had residences in New York, Long Island, Palm Beach, Paris and “Villa Il Fortino” in Capri. It was here that she cultivated a beautiful garden and spent numerous hours in the soil and sun. Valentine Lawford wrote in Vogue, “She enjoys – or suffers from the reputation of being one of the most beautiful women of her time. She herself would probably prefer to be known, if she must be known, as a woman who is passionately fond of gardening.”

Mona still survives through the Mona Bismarck American Center in Paris, which supports the arts.


Happy Belated, Mona!

The Mona Bismarck American Foundation
34, avenue de New York
Paris, France 75116