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By James MacLean


SANTA ANA, CA (January 20, 2013) – The fashion documentary, “Versailles ’73: American Runway Revolution,” celebrates Black History Month at the Bowers Museum in Orange County on February 10, 2013 just days after its will be recognized with AAFCA Awards Best Documentary in Los Angeles. This special program will be presented in conjunction with the Bowers’ current exhibition, “CUT! Costume and the Cinema” showcasing forty-three costumes worn by 30 actors in 25 different films.

“Versailles ’73: American Runway Revolution” will have a special screening at the Bowers Museum in Santa Ana to celebrate its first win of Award season. Writer/Director Deborah Riley Draper will conduct a Q&A following the screening. Tickets are $7 for Bowers Members and $10 for Non-Members (does not include museum admission); $10 Student tickets are available with valid ID and include museum admission. The Bowers Museum is located at 2002 North Main Street, Santa Ana, CA 92706. The screening will take place Sunday, February 10, 2013 at 1:30 pm.

“The story is larger than life and audiences and critics are excited about it. With 10 legendary designers, the fiercest models ever and a storied palace, this pivotal moment in fashion history inspires and entertains. It is an honor to present the moment that changed American fashion forever with incredibly talented people who lived it,” says Deborah Riley Draper, Writer/Director of “Versailles ’73.”

New York Times film critic Rachel Saltz raved about “Versailles ’73: American Runway Revolution” in her recent review of the movie, saying “This is an excellent story, and Ms. Draper tells it clearly and stylishly, teasing out the interesting angles and repercussions. She gives you all the backstage drama and one-upmanship of ‘let’s put on a show,’ building to the appropriate climax: the big night.”

The film also won the coveted 2012 CNN Outstanding Documentary Award at the 2012 Martha’s Vineyard African-American Film Festival. Versailles ’73 has been well-received by audiences and critics alike, creating a movement of tremendous support among fashion and cinema aficionados. The film opened Toronto Fashion Week and premiered on Fashion Night Out in New York during Fashion Week.

About the Film:
“Versailles ’73: American Runway Revolution” follows the iconic fashion effrontery at the Chateau de Versailles on November 28, 1973 between five American designers – Anne Klein, Stephen Burrows, Bill Blass, Oscar de la Renta, and Halston – and five French designers– Yves St. Laurent, Christian Dior, Hubert de Givenchy, Pierre Cardin, and Emanuel Ungaro. The event’s beginnings as fundraiser orchestrated by fashion publicist Eleanor Lambert to raise money to restore the Palace of Versailles became a fierce competition. America with great clothes and color barrier-breaking collective of Black models who sashayed down the runway, won over the crowd and secured American fashion’s place on the world stage.

For more information about the film, visit To purchase tickets to this special program, visit the Bowers Museum during regular operating hours, or online at, email the Public Programs Department at or call 714.567.3677.

James MacLean

About James MacLean

Inspirational, accomplished and passionate. Those are just a few words to describe luxury marketing guru James MacLean, who has transformed the celebrity product placement industry through events such as GRAMMY’S /Latin Grammy's, Nickelodeon’s Kids’ Choice Awards, American Country Music Awards, Golden Globes, Spike TV Video Game Awards, BET Awards, NAACP Image Awards, Sundance Film Festival and Grand Prix Monaco. He continues to set the pace and raise the bar in only the most glamorous settings around the globe.