Versailles '73 - American Runway Revolution

Versailles '73 - American Runway Revolution

USA, 2012, 91 Minute Running Time
Additional Countries: France
Genre/Subject: Documentary

Screens Thursday, January 31st at 7pm
Director Deborah Riley Draper and supermodel Pat Cleveland In-Person! Special post film discussion hosted by Oscar-winner Daniel Junge! Additional screening Friday, February 1st at 2pm!
Just added! The post-film reception will feature music from B. Sue and fashion designs from Gabriela Martinez and Sahar Pazirandeh

Digital presentation - 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.

Stick around post-film for the styles of fashion designers Gabriela Martinez and Sahar Pazirandeh, brought to you by Fashion Denver.

About Gabriela Martinez:
Gabriela is an award winning fashion designer with more than 20 years of experience in wedding gowns, evening wear and special occasion, expert restyling of vintage wedding gowns. Skilled pattern and sample making for designers. She specializes in custom designed fashions. She provides professional services: clothing product development, clothing design, haute couture dress making, expert alterations, professional fashion shows, wardrobe/costume styles, restyling of vintage garments and furs, offers custom garments. Gabriela Designs is not just a place where we can design, sew or alter a garment, it is the place where a piece of fabric becomes something beautiful and amazing.

About Sahar Pazirandeh:

Born in Iran made it hard to accessories on the outside. But growing up, underneath my veil I found a way to express myself. My name is Sahar Pazirandeh and I'm a Fashionlanthropist and a lover of accessories.

Ms. Pazirandeh also runs the Free Your Star Foundation (, which aims to change the face of fashion, film, photography, music and journalism industries by being a fiscal and mentor resource for urban youth and women. They are accepting applications currently for college students studying fashion, film, photography and journalism (media and communication majors welcome). The deadline is February 27th, with an award for $300 and a new HP Laptop Mini Notebook (blue).

Presented by

DIRECTOR: Deborah Riley Draper
Screenwriter: Deborah Riley Draper
Principal Cast: Karen Bjornson, Stephen Burrows and Alva Chinn
US Distributor: Coffee Bluff Pictures

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