23 September, 2011

Masters and Slaves

The fashion conscious Countess Mona von Bismarck developed a close relationship with the world renowned designer Cristobal Balenciaga that lasted for almost 30 years. It is reported that on one occasion when most of her clothes were destroyed in a railroad accident she ordered 150 dresses from the couturier in one sitting.
In May 1968, during the manifestations and general strike in Paris, when Balenciaga retired, as an act of mourning, Countess Mona von Bismarck shut herself behind closed doors sipping champagne for three days. Finis Mundi.