The Resene Architecture and Design Film Festival returns to Auckland, Wellington and Dunedin in May and June 2014, with some inviting looking movies on architecture, design history and movements, galleries and, of course, fashion. Just the one, but it looks like one which pulls out stops.
Versailles ’73: American Runway Revolution (director Deborah Riley Draper, 91 minutes)
“In an era known for protests and sit-ins, the 1973 Grand Divertissement at Versailles, made a statement of its own – a fashion statement that changed fashion history. The legendary event pitted the five lions of French couture (Givenchy, Dior, Ungaro, Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Cardin) against five American designers (Halston, Oscar de la Renta, Anne Klein, Stephen Burrows and Bill Blass) and became known as ready-to-wear’s iconic coming out party.”
Add to that the whole thing was a major jet set event, so lots of people-watching as well – performers included Liza Minelli, Josephine Baker, and Rudolf Nureyev. Very glam.