Wednesday, April 1, 6 pm
Katie Murphy Amphitheatre
Robin Givhan, Pulitzer Prize–winning fashion critic for the Washington Post, presents her first book, The Battle of Versailles: The Night American Fashion Stumbled Into the Spotlight and Made History, the story of a 1973 face-off among five American designers—including Halston and Oscar de la Renta—and five French designers, Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Cardin among them. Buoyed by a decision to use ten African American models (unheard of then), the underdog Yanks pulled off a victory, cementing American fashion as a major player on the international stage. A book signing will follow the presentation.