By Gary Goldstein, Special to Tribune Newspapers
2:42 PM PST, February 21, 2013
How a fundraising effort to restore France's Palace of Versailles turned into a battle for world fashion supremacy is chronicled in the superbly told documentary "Versailles '73: American Runway Revolution."
Writer-director Deborah Riley Draper, aided by a skillful trio of editors, reconstructs this brief period in 1973 when the era's top French fashion designers and America's most innovative counterparts joined for an unforgettable evening of haute couture, starry entertainment and A-list partying.
When America's ready-to-wear clothing styles and high-energy runway models "brought down the house" following the French designers' stodgier presentation, the event catapulted the world's perception of American fashion.
Kicky interviews with many of the show's American models and fun chats with various others create a captivating snapshot.
'Versailles 73' -- 3 stars
No MPAA rating
Running time: 1:30
Opens: Friday at Facets Cinematheque
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