You Should Be Watching: The Battle of Versailles

This week I’d like to revisit Worn Through’s inaugural YSBW post, written almost two years ago by Jon Frederick. Jon highlighted the documentary Versailles ’73: American Runway Revolution, what he synopsized as an “upbeat retelling of the events leading up to the fashion show and the event itself, utilize excerpts of  interviews with models, designers, and socialites involved with the show in 1973.” This historic event continues to fascinate fashion historians. Last fall, photographer Bill Cunningham was featured in the 92nd Street Y’s live discussion series, “Fashion Icons with Fern Mallis.” The interview made headlines the following day for Cunningham’s emotional recollection of the 1973 show as the best one he’d ever seen. I was reminded of Cunningham’s talk this week, when the Museum at FIT shared a video of fashion critic Robin Givhan discussing her first book, The Battle of Versailles, released last month. See the videos of Cunningham and Givhan below, and check out the archived post for information on the original documentary and additional sources on this topic.

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  • Julie Eilber of April 27, 2015 06.50 pm

    Loved that Bill Cunningham video; thanks for posting! I’m about to read Robin Givhan’s book.


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