Versailles ’73: American Runway Revolution

Showtimes
SUNDAY, MARCH 8 AT 2:30PM | GENERAL ADMISSION: $10 | LOFT MEMBERS AND IT SEASON TICKET HOLDERS: $8
PLEASE NOTE: WE CANNOT ACCEPT PASSES FOR THIS SCREENING

Join award winning director Deborah Riley Draper and Fashion Icon and “Versailles” model Norma Jean Darden for a Q and A!

Join us for a screening of the critically acclaimed documentary Versailles ’73. It is the first intimate look at the infamous Palace of Versailles fashion show fundraiser. The documentary is an exciting, behind-the-scenes story of the competition between French and American designers that resulted in the elevation of the U.S. fashion industry and the breaking of the color barrier for black models.

Not many moments in life change the course of history, shatter the status quo and usher in a paradigm shift.  But on November 28, 1973 at the Chateau de Versailles, such a moment took place.  For the second time in history, the Americans stormed France in an epic battle.  This battle, however would pit the French haute couture establishment — Yves Saint Laurent, Christian Dior, Hubert de Givenchy, Pierre Cardin and Emmanuel Ungaro — against American designers Anne Klein, Stephen Burrows, Oscar de la Renta and Halston. 

In front of an audience of royalty, millionaire luminaries and icons including Andy Warhol, Princess Grace of Monaco, Christina Onassis and Josephine Baker, the Americans catapulted ready-to-wear to global stardom.  Their secret weapon was fresh, innovative designs and the tour de force, a collective of stunning black models who sashayed down the runway and into the hearts of the high-profile audience. Versailles ’73: American Runway Revolution is a funny, extraordinary and often poignant collection of memories shared by the models, designers, journalists, patrons and other lucky enough to witness the night the changed fashion forever. (Dir. by Deborah Riley Draper, 2012, USA, 91 mins., Not Rated)

Become an IT VIP and receive reserved seating, and a post screening gourmet dinner with our guest artists! $100 ($75 tax deductible). 

Limited seating – please call (520) 882-9721

This is a rental of The Loft Cinema, presented by Invisible Theatre.