Learning about the Battle of Versailles was very intriguing. Actually after listening to the facts, I think it should belong in a global textbook of some sort. The Battle marks the night of the Americans versus the French. It was a fashion show held in 1973 to raise money for the crumbling Palace of Versailles. At the time, the French were known to be the rulers of the couture world. America was known for casual sportswear which did not cut it.
Seven hundred of the top celebrities, socialites, and anyone else in the know gathered at the palace on Novemeber 28, 1973 for a night that would shape the fashion industry as we know it today. The American designers in the show included: Stephen Burrows, Anne Klein (who was battling breast cancer at the time), Bill Blass, Halston, and Oscar de la Renta. They headed to France to compete against: Yves Saint Laurent, Hubert de Givenchy, Pierre Cardin, Emanuel Ungaro, and Marc Bohan from Christian Dior.
There are lots of incredible and humorous details along the way leading to the battle, but overall the French had the victory when it came to design. Americans instead embraced their creativity and did something unfamiliar. They used models with vibrant energy and ten of the models were African-American which was revolutionary. This night marked a change in the way America would be viewed in the fashion world. We were more than sportswear, as we had our own talents that differed us from France. Today New York is known as the fashion capital of the world and events such as the Battle of Versailles is what gave us the chance to allow this to occur.
Since the theater was right across the street from the museum, I stopped there next. The last time I went to the Museum at F.I.T. was back in December, so they have switched up some exhibits since then such as Lauren Bacall and Yves Saint Laurent + Halston. I had to stop and look at the Faking It exhibit as well even though I saw it before. It gets better and better each time!