Magnificent Mona Bismarck
Kentucky Style Icon
March 15, 2018 - July 29, 2018
Famous for her trademark silver hair, aquamarine eyes, and uncompromising sense of fashion, Louisville Kentucky native Mona Bismarck was the first American to be declared the Best-Dressed Woman in the World, a distinction bestowed upon her in 1933 by luminaries from the world of haute couture. Featuring over 80 pieces from Mona’s personal collection of couture fashions, the exhibition includes iconic garments by Cristobal Balenciaga, Madeleine Vionnet, Hubert de Givenchy and fine jewelry by Belperron and Verdura. One of the most photographed socialites in her day, this show will feature extensive images, commissioned by Vogue from photographers of note, Steichen, Horst and her dear friend, Cecil Beaton along with personal portraits by artists Salvador Dali and Savely Sorine, that hung in Mona’s homes throughout the world.
The show will span five decades of Mona’s personal couture beginning in her Golden Years of the 1930s and concluding in the 1970s upon her retirement from the public spotlight.