Versailles ’73: American Runway Revolution

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Versailles ’73: American Runway Revolution


FIT hosted a screening of Versailles ’73: American Runway Revolution, which recounts the 1973 fashion face-off between American and French designers at Chateau de Versailles that catapulted African-American models onto the European stage and made a name for American designers overseas. Here is the panel discussion with film director Deborah Riley Draper and featured Versailles ’73 models Bethann Hardison and Norma Jean Darden will follow the screening. The screening and panel discussion was sponsored by the Office of Educational Opportunity Programs at the Fashion Institute of Technology in collaboration with the School of Liberal Arts, Presidential Scholars, The Museum at FIT, the Office of Student Life, the Office of Enrollment Management and Student Success, and FIT graduate Leonard Davis. March 5, 2013.


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