Columbia College Chicago

Versailles ’73: American Runway Revolution

Michael BeschlossColumbia College Chicago recently hosted the Chicago premiere screening of “Versailles ’73: American Runway Revolution.” Held at Columbia’s Film Row Cinema, the event drew a full house, with some 250 guests in attendance.

Executive Producer and Director Deborah Riley Draper, as well as co-producer Tamara Houston and executive producer Caralene Robinson, joined the event for a post-viewing Q&A session. Also, the film’s cast/models Mikki Taylor, Pat Cleveland, Norma Jean Darden and Charlene Dash attended the screening to offer insight into their career-changing involvement in the 1973 fashion show. A reception followed the Q&A, where guests had a chance to individually chat with the cast and crew.

“Versailles ’73: An American Runway Revolution” recounts the historic night in 1973 that established a new world fashion order, as American ready-to-wear designers such as Anne Klein, Halston, Stephen Burrows, Oscar de la Renta and Bill Blass, challenged French haute couture domination of the fashion industry and shattered the color barrier on the runway at the magnificent Palace of Versailles. The documentary has screened in Cannes, L.A., and New York City.

Host Committee
Madeleine Moore Burrell
Gwen Butler
Bonita Chapman
Les Coney
Susan Downing
Elissa Hamid Efroymson
Lula Ford
Richard Gamble
Nena Ivon
Aimée Laberge
John G.W. McCord
Susanna Negovan
Sylvia Neil
Pamela Orr
Diane Primo
Linda Johnson Rice
Desirée Rogers
Noren Ungaretti

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Versailles ’73: American Runway Revolution

*Photos by Jonathan Mathias Photography

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