Film Insiders Celebrate Versailles ’73: American Runway Revolution
This past Wednesday (2/13) Soho House was buzzing with activity. Film insiders gathered for an intimate screening of Versailles ’73: American Runway Revolution. The film, which was released on February 12 across various on demand platforms (including iTunes and Amazon Instant View), chronicles the iconic fashion face-off at Palace of Versailles.
The Versailles ’73: American Runway Revolution showcases the ensuing runway competition that took place on November 28, 1973, in the name of charity, between American Designers (Anne Klein, Stephen Burrows, Bill Blass, Oscar de la Renta, and Halston) and five established French designers ( Yves St. Laurent, Christian Dior, Hubert de Givenchy, Pierre Cardin, and Emanuel Ungaro) as captured by Deborah Riley Draper.
Naturally the night screening also featured some face time with the film’s narrator Cameron Silver. The narrator, was joined by models Alva Chin and Kim Stoltz, designers Stephen Burrows and Norman Ambrose, former Essence editor Mikki Taylor and Melanie Hervey. However, model Pat Cleveland whose runway performance during the competition not only won the heart of many but is also is credited with helping black models gain mass acceptance, didn’t make the screening.
The evening ending with a special cocktail reception at Soho House’s pool deck.
*This story was edited to reflect Pat Cleveland was not attendance.