“The only reason the Harrison Williamses don’t live like princes is that princes can’t afford to live like the Harrison Williamses,” stated Time in 1929. Born Mona Travis Strader in Louisville, she married Harrison Williams, once the richest man in the world. She took the name Bismarck when she wed Count Albrecht Edzard von Bismarck-Schönhausen after Williams’ death. The exhibition includes many of her Balenciaga-designed gowns. An expert on Cristóbal Balenciaga will give a lecture on his fashion designs on Thursday, March 15 at 6 p.m. Bismarck also favored elaborate jewelry by Fulco di Verdura and Suzanne Belperron; a presentation about the jewelers is on Wednesday, April 18.
THURSDAY, MARCH 15–JULY 29Frazier History Museum