FilmBuff and Coffee Bluff Pictures today announced the release of the critically acclaimed documentary film, VERSAILLES '73: AMERICAN RUNWAY REVOLUTION. The film will be released on iTunes, Amazon Instant View, and other VOD platforms on Tuesday, February 12th, 2013 by digital entertainment curator, FilmBuff.
Directed, written and produced by Deborah Riley Draper, "Versailles '73: American Runway Revolution," follows the iconic fashion face-off at the Palace of Versailles on November 28, 1973 between five prominent American designers --Anne Klein, Stephen Burrows, Bill Blass, Oscar de la Renta, and Halston -- and five prolific French designers-- Yves St. Laurent, Christian Dior, Hubert de Givenchy, Pierre Cardin, and Emanuel Ungaro. The event's beginnings as a fundraiser orchestrated by fashion publicist Eleanor Lambert to raise money to restore the Palace of Versailles became a fierce competition. Then, on the stage where Louis XVI married Marie Antoinette, in front of a who's who audience of royalty, jet-set millionaires, and icons including Princess Grace of Monaco, Andy Warhol, Christina Onassis, Liza Minnelli, and Josephine Baker, the American designers claimed a resounding victory. The extraordinary evening left an unforgettable imprint on the fashion industry and forever changed fashion history. America with great clothes and a color barrier-breaking collective of Black models who sashayed down the runway, won over the crowd and secured American fashion's place on the world stage.
The film has been recognized as the 2012 AAFCA Awards Best Documentary, 2012 Official Selection Martha's Vineyards African American Film Festival, 2012 Best Documentary Black Hollywood Film Festival and Official Selection BronzeLens Film Festival. The film features never before seen archival footage and commentary by some of the fashion industry's most respected names including Stephen Burrows, Pat Cleveland, Barbara Summers, Charlene Dash, CameRon Silver, Bethann Hardison, China Machado, Norma Jean Darden, Laurent Cotta, Tom Fallon, Didier Grumbach, Jean-Luce Hure, Harold Koda, Mikki Taylor and many others.
On February 12th the film will be available on iTunes, Amazon Instant View, YouTube Rentals, XBOX, Sony PlayStation, and Vudu. For more information please visit www.versaille73movie.com.