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New In USA Theaters: ‘Versailles ’73: American Runway Revolution’ (Historical Fashion Showdown)

New In USA Theaters: 'Versailles '73: American Runway Revolution' (Historical Fashion Showdown)

A film that’s also opening this weekend, that we missed in our weekly compilation of noteworthy new films you should see in theaters…

An intriguing documentary from Coffee Bluff Pictures titled Versailles ‘73: American Runway Revolution, about the legendary 1973 fashion showdown between the French and Americans, fittingly nicknamed the “Battle of Versailles.

We first discovered it at the Run & Shoot Filmworks Martha’s Vineyard African-American Film Festival last month. 

Directed by Deborah Riley Draper, the feature documentary follows the events leading up to the iconic fashion effrontery at the Chateau de Versailles on November 28, 1973, between American and French designers.

The film recounts the event’s beginnings as a fundraiser to restore the Palace of Versailles, to the competition that emerged between the lions of haute couture, to the ultimate upset when American designs outshined the French and forever changed the course of fashion history with great clothes and, what was considered the tour de force of the event, the black models who sashayed down the runway.

A slice of history worth revisiting – especially if you’re in the dark (no pun intended).

Versailles ‘73: American Runway Revolution opens ths weekend at IFC Center in New York City, and will play for just 1 WEEK, through Thursday the 13th. So if you’re in NYC and are interested in seeing it, you should before it leaves.

Natasha saw and reviewed the film for S&A; in short, she loved it. Check out her review HERE.

For more information, check out the film on Facebook at

Watch the trailer below for a glimpse at what to expect:

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