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Versailles 73United States / Documentary Feature /
91 minutes / English
Director: Deborah Riley Draper
Producer: Deborah Riley Draper

Not many moments in life change the course of history; break the mold; shatter the status quo and usher in a paradigm shift. But on a chilly night in November 1973, 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 lions of French haute couture— Yves Saint Laurent, Christian Dior, Hubert de Givenchy, Pierre Cardin, and Emanuel Ungaro against bold, innovative American designers—Anne Klein, Stephen Burrows, Bill Blass, Oscar de la Renta, and Halston, in a runway rumble for industry dominance. Versailles ‘73: American Runway Revolution is a funny, extraordinary and often poignant collection of memories shared by the models, designers, journalists, patrons and others lucky enough to witness the night that forever changed fashion. The cast includes Stephen Burrows, Marisa Berenson, Pat Cleveland, Grace Mirabella, Harold Koda, Alva Chinn, Karen Bjornson, Dennis Christopher, Mikki Taylor and more. With rare footage and archival photos, the before, during and after the fashionable and iconic moment of November 28, 1973 unfold and share light on a little known moment that led to extraordinary change.

BEST DOCUMENTARY, 2012 African-American Film Critics Association Awards — CNN OUTSTANDING DOCUMENTARY, 212 Martha’s Vineyard African American Film Festival — BEST DOCUMENTARY, 2012 Black Hollywood Film Festival”

Deborah Riley Draper is an awarding advertising executive and filmmaker. The Atlanta resident wrote, directed and produced Versailles ’73: American Runway Revolution. Draper has two documentaries in development and two features in development. The Atlanta native is committed to bringing complex characters from the African American experience to the screen.


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