'Battle of Versailles' Models, Designers Reunite to Celebrate Landmark Fashion Show - ABC News
'The Battle of Versailles': Landmark Fashion Show Broke Racial Barriers, Showcased U.S. Designers
Nearly 40 years ago, a single fashion show put a new generation of designers on the map and a new kind of model on the runway.The fashion show now known as the "Battle of Versailles" was waged on a chilly night in France in 1973. The show, originally organized as a publicity stunt, pitted the old masters of French design against a team of bold U.S. upstarts, including Halston, Anne Klein, Bill Blass, Stephen Burrows and Oscar de la Renta.