Inside Joe Fresh’s Saturday night screening of Versailles ’73: Legendary models hit the ROM Museum and mingle with Toronto’s fashionable elite
Though it marked a monumental shift in fashion history, November 28, 1973 has passed through history with none of the mythological treatment as 1962’s Black and White ball or even a single Met ball. Until now that is. Brought to life by director Deborah Riley Draper, Versailles ’73 tells the story of a fashion show of French and American designs which was originally meant to simply fund the palace’s much needed repairs but became the moment that brought American fashion into the forefront. With legendary fresh-makers Liza Minelli, Kay Thompson and Pat Cleveland at the forefront of the American presentation, the show of designs by Halston, Oscar de la Renta, Bill Blass, Stephen Burrows and Anne Klein rocked a guestlist of Princess Grace of Monaco, CZ Guest, Andy Warhol, Lee Radziwell and Baroness Marie-Hélène de Rothschild and more to its feet with simplistic and impactful presentation and lively African American models (spearheaded by Pat Cleveland, who literally spun from one end of the stage to the next).
On Saturday night, Versailles ’73 was brought to Toronto’s Royal Ontario Museum by Joe Fresh who sponsored the film’s first Canadian screening. In the house to celebrate the film’s debut were three of the original show’s stars: living model legends Pat Cleveland, Karen Bjorson and Alva Chin. Vintage connoisseur come book writer Cameron Silver of Los Angeles’ Decades boutique, who narrated the film was also in the house with mega-stylist Annabel Tollman in tow. Just your average Saturday night out, wouldn’t you say?
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