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  • Summary: 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. (Coffee Bluff Pictures) Expand
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  1. Reviewed by: Melissa Anderson
    Sep 12, 2012
    80
    "Beautiful clothes on good-looking people just moving across the stage" to the sounds of Barry White and Al Green. "It was the presence of these African-American models that really animated the stage," notes Harold Koda of the Met's Costume Institute-- a sentiment that fashion historian Barbara Summers expresses more memorably: The crowd was "peeing in their seats because these girls were so fabulous."
  2. Reviewed by: Rachel Saltz
    Sep 12, 2012
    80
    This is an excellent story, and Ms. Draper tells it clearly and stylishly, teasing out the interesting angles and repercussions.
  3. Reviewed by: Gary Goldstein
    Oct 25, 2012
    70
    Enjoyably dishy documentary.