As the LA premiere date of Versailles '73 is fast approaching, we recreated our own interpretation of how the American models looked in the beautiful creations of the American designers as they competed for recognition at the now infamous Fashion Show in Versailles in 1973. Cameron Silver narrated the documentary, which premiered in Cannes last May. As interesting as it is from a fashion point of view, what happened in Grand Divertissement at Versailles in 1973, is historically and socially important. Not only was this night important to American ready-to-wear designers having an international presence, but also because twelve African-American models at one time in one show representing American fashion industry, caught the Europeans by surprise. Those beautiful creatures like Pat Cleveland, Bethann Hardison and Alva Chinn helped break the color barrier down. The very next year Beverly Johnson was the first African-American model on the cover of Vogue.
With our window we pay homage to Halston, Bill Blass and Oscar de la Renta, few of the most important American designers who helped give American fashion industry a voice not only in Versailles in 1973 but for decades to follow. Created by the talented Jeff Snyder and Jarred Cairns, our windows pay homage to a world without color or borders, where only beauty and passion to create, triumphs.
For those who live in NY click here to book tickets for Versailles '73: American Runway Revolution screening at IFC Center.
Bill Blass rainbow chiffon gown with shawl, c.1980's. Modern size 4 to 6. Click here for more info. SOLD
Halston one shoulder rust-gold crinkled silk layered gown, c.1970's. Modern size 4, waist 24 inches. Click here for more info.
Bill Blass multicor chiffon gown, c1980's. Modern size 4 to a small 6.
Oscar de la Renta irridiscent olive draped charmeuse/chiffon evening dress with wrap, c.1980's. Modern size 4. Click here for more info.
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