Versailles 73: American Runway Revolution


See that woman in the green jacket standing on the left?

Her name is Deborah Riley Drapper and under Coffee Bluff pictures ( Coffee Bluff Pictures presents Versailles ’73: American Runway Revolution ), Drapper has directed 2 documentary films. She came to speak to my fashion class about her 2 films Versailles 73: American Runway Revolution and Olympic Pride- American Prejudice.

Such an honor to hear from an inspirational woman, who came and made an effort to speak to my college- Santa Monica College. Since, this is a fashion blog I will share the key information on the film Versailles 73.


Versailles 73: American Runway Revolution directed by Deborah Riley Drapper talks about the revolutionary step in American fashion. in 1973, there was a competition at Palais de Versailles between 5 French brands- Yves Saint Laurent, Christian Dior, Givenchy, Pierre Cardin and Emmanuel Ungaro and 5 American Brands Oscar De la Renta, Bill Glass, Anne Klien, Steven Burrows and Halston. Ever since the competition the birth of American designers gaining world recognition was born. It’s really the birth of American street wear.

Before the competition that occurred, American fashion wasn’t well known around the world, nor was it taken seriously. American designers were more spread out and were built under private investors. French fashion is as always had the reputation of being the best in the world and having government funding and government recognition. The competition is what helped American designers share their talents and prove America was a fashion destination aside from Europe. It also proved since American designers were funded by private investors, there was more room for creativity and free thinking, rather than be restricted by rules and traditions in which the French had.

To conclude, American fashion started it’s world reputation in the year 1973 and today America is home to some of the best designers like Ralph Lauren, Calvin Klein, Marc Jacobs, Tory Burch, Diane Von Furstenberg and the list goes on.







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