VERSAILLES '73: AMERICAN RUNWAY REVOLUTION

By Deborah RILEY DRAPER

COFFEE BLUFF PICTURES - as PROD

Documentary - Completed 2012

The Palace of Versailles needed repair and a fashion show to raise funds for the restoration took place on November 28 1973. But on that legendary night, a revolution took place in the palace again. This time it was on the runway in a coup led by long-stemmed models and American designers.

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& Awards

Festival de Cannes 2012
Doc Corner
St. Louis International Film Festival 2013
Tallinn Black Nights IFF 2013
    • Year of production
    • 2012
    • Genres
    • Documentary
    • Countries
    • USA
    • Languages
    • ENGLISH
    • Duration
    • 91 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Deborah RILEY DRAPER
    • Writer(s)
    • Deborah RILEY DRAPER
    • Producer(s)
    • Deborah RILEY DRAPER
    • Synopsis
    • In an era known for protests and sit-ins, the 1973 Grand Divertissement at Versailles, made a statement of its own- a fashion statement. The legendary event pitting the five lions of French couture Givenchy, Dior, Ungaro, Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Cardin with five American designers Halston, Oscar de la Renta, Anne Klein, Stephen Burrows and Bill Blass created a cross-stitch of change across fashion, race, business and catwalks. When African American models Bethann Hardison, Pat Cleveland, Alva Chinn, Billie Blair, Norma Jean Darden, Barbara Jackson, Jennifer Brice, Romana Saunders and Amina Warsuma boarded the plane to Paris, they had no idea they would help change the course of fashion and pull off its biggest coup. Versailles '73: American Runway Revolution tells this story.
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