Documentary VERSAILLES 73 to Screen at Toronto Fashion Week

The new fashion documentary, VERSAILLES '73: American Runway Revolution," continues to build momentum, opening in three additional cities: Los Angeles, California (October 26 - November 1), Atlanta, Georgia (October 29 - 31), and Chicago, Illinois (November 7-8, 16 - 19).  The film will also have a premiere screening on October 20th during Toronto Fashion Week in Canada.  Having won the coveted CNN Outstanding Documentary Award as an official selection of the 2012 Martha's Vineyard African-American Film Festival this past August, the highly-anticipated project has been well-received by audiences and critics alike, creating a movement of tremendous support among fashion and cinema aficionados.

"Versailles '73: American Runway Revolution" will have limited engagements at the following theaters.  Advance tickets are available for purchase now.

Los Angeles, California
October 26 - November 1, 2012
Music Hall 3 - Laemmle Theatres Beverly Hills
9036 Wilshire Boulevard
Beverly Hills, CA  90211
(310) 478-3836

Atlanta, Georgia
October 29 - 31, 2012
Landmark Midtown Arts Cinema
931 Monroe Drive
Atlanta, GA  30308
(678) 495-1424

Chicago, Illinois
November 7 - 8, 2012
Black World Cinema Festival
ICE Theaters
November 7 at 7 pm: Lawndale location (773) 236-8423
November 8 at 7 pm: Chatham 14 location (773) 892-3204

Chicago, Illinois
November 16 - 19, 2012
AMC Loews 600
600 North Michigan Avenue
Chicago, Illinois  60611
(312) 255-9347

"The story is larger than life and audiences and festival organizers are excited about it.  We are thrilled with the positive responses and the sheer enthusiasm for the film, the story, the cast and that pivotal moment in fashion history.  It is an honor to present this film in theaters," says Deborah Riley Draper, director and executive producer 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."

A recipient of the African-American Film Critics Association Seal of Approval, "Versailles '73" is also an official selection of the 2012 Hollywood Black Film Festival in Los Angeles and the 2012 BronzeLens Film Festival in Atlanta.

About the Film:
"Versailles '73: American Runway Revolution" follows the events leading up to the iconic fashion effrontery at the Chateau de Versailles on November 28, 1973 between American and French designers.  The film recounts the event's beginnings as fundraiser orchestrated by fashion publicist Eleanor Lambert andPalace of Versailles curator Gerald Van der Kemp, to raise money to restore the Palace of Versailles to the fierce competition that emerged between the lions of haute couture - Yves St. Laurent, Christian Dior, Hubert de Givenchy, Pierre Cardin, and Emanuel Ungaro, and American designers - Anne Klein, Stephen Burrows, Bill Blass, Oscar de la Renta, and Halston, to the ultimate upset when American designs outshined the French and forever changed the course of fashion history with great clothes and the tour de force Black models who sashayed down the runway, won over the crowd, gaining newfound respect and recognition, and helping secure American fashion's place on the world stage.

For more information about the film, visit