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Models of Versailles: A Celebration of Fashion and Black Beauty

The Temple of Dendur at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Yesterday, while the rest of the North East was fighting the winter weather and headed to work, five French Designers went up against five American Designers that honored the 1973 Battle of Versailles fashion show at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

The event also paid tribute to African-American models who walked the runway that day including Pat Cleveland and Bethann Hardison.

Pat Cleveland, Iman, Oscar de la Renta

The French designers included Yves Saint Laurent, Dior, Hubert de Givenchy, Emanuel Ungaro, and Pierre Cardin who went up against American designers Bill Blass, Oscar de la Renta, Stephen Burrows, Halston, and Anne Klein.

Veronica Webb and Liya Kebede

The celebration of models in the famed 1973 Versailles Fashion Show altered perceptions of American fashion’s presentation on the world stage, nearly 40 years ago.

The luncheon celebrated the diverse and multicultural group of models; Bethann Hardison, Pat Cleveland, Alva Chinn, Billie Blair, Norma Jean Darden, Barbara Jackson, China Machado, Ramona Saunders and Amina Warsuma, who captivated the audience when they took to the fashion runway at the Palace of Versailles, France in 1973, wearing the collections of Stephen Burrows, Bill Blass, Oscar de la Renta, Halston and Anne Klein.

Although we weren’t able to make the show we are happy share the details of this event with you! Celebrate diverse beauty and know that anything is possible!

Who is your favorite model to ever walk the runway?

Love and Beauty,

Sherrell


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