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Chicago Theatrical Premiere
VERSAILLES '73: AMERICAN RUNWAY REVOLUTION
"An absolute must for fashion devotees" -Film Journal Intl
"An excellent story, and [director Deborah Riley] Draper tells it clearly and stylishly, teasing out the interesting angles and repercussions" -New York Times
"[A] superbly told, enjoyably dishy documentary" -Los Angeles Times
For the second time in history, the Americans stormed France in an epic battle. Versailles '73: American Runway Revolution documents the now legendary war between French and American haute couture designers at the Chateau de Versailles on November 28, 1973 in a runway rumble for industry dominance.
On the stage where Louis XVI married Marie Antoinette, in front of a who's who audience of royalty, jet-set millionaires, and icons (including Princess Grace of Monaco, Andy Warhol, Christina Onassis, and Josephine Baker), the American designers claimed victory. Anne Klein, Stephen Burrows, Bill Blass, Oscar de la Renta, and Halston exhibited against the lions of haute coutureYves Saint Laurent, Christian Dior, Hubert de Givenchy, Pierre Cardin, and Emanuel Ungaroand turned it into ready-to-wear's iconic coming out party. The American contingent relied heavily on Black fashion models for the first time ever and the beauty, poise and attitude of these women turned the tide for the U.S, turning the fashion world on its ear. This extraordinary evening left an unforgettable imprint on the fashion industry and forever changed fashion history.
Directed by Deborah Riley Draper, U.S.A./France, 2012, 91 mins.