The Battle of Versailles, an interview with Robin Givhan


In November of 1973, an epic face-off between French and American fashion was mounted at the palace of Versailles. Here, American models strut through the Hall of Mirrors following their widely acknowledged victory. Alain Dejean / Sygma / Getty Images

This week marks the 45th anniversary of one of American fashion's greatest moments. Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Robin Givhan joins us to discuss a legendary fashion face-off between French haute couture and American design.

Additional Reading

  • Givhan, Robin. The Battle of Versailles: The Night American Fashion Stumbles into the Spotlight and Made History. New York: Flatiron Books, 2015.