“‘Consuelo Crespi telephoned me from Rome saying it had just come over the radio that Balenciaga had closed his doors for ever that afternoon, and that he'd never open them again. Mona didn't come out of her room for three days. I mean, she went into a complete… I mean, it was the end of a certain part of her life!'”
- Diana Vreeland’s recollection of Countess Mona von Bismarck’s reaction to the retirement in 1968 of Cristóbal Balenciaga.