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SCAD Atlanta presents a free screening of the fashion documentary, "Versailles '73: American Runway Revolution," 5 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 28, at SCAD Atlanta, 1600 Peachtree St. NW, events space, fourth floor, building C. After the screening, featured designer Steven Burrows, director/executive producer Deborah Riley Draper, and The Atlantan magazine editor-in-chief Stephanie Davis Smith will participate in a conversation about the documentary.
"Versailles '73: American Runway Revolution" follows the events leading up to the iconic 1973 fashion show battle at the Chateau de Versailles between American and French designers, nicknamed the "Battle of Versailles." The film recounts the event's beginnings as a fundraiser to restore the Palace of Versailles and the fierce competition that emerged between lions of French haute couture Yves St. Laurent, Christian Dior, Hubert de Givenchy, Pierre Cardin and Emanuel Ungaro, and American designers Anne Klein, Stephen Burrows, Bill Blass, Oscar de la Renta and Halston.
Through footage and interviews, the film celebrates the ultimate upset when American designs were considered superior to French designs and forever changed the course of fashion history.
The New York Times called the film, "an excellent story," and said, "Draper tells it clearly and stylishly, teasing out the interesting angles and repercussions." Rolling Stone Magazine said, "It's a "superbly told, enjoyably dishy documentary."
The event is free and open to the public.
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