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Ava DuVernay’s New Project is all About Fashion!

Ava DuVernay continues to skyrocket to the top with her remarkable directing prowess, and her next project has her taking on the fashion world!

Duvernay has officially signed on  to to direct the HBO production The Battle of Versailles according to Deadline. The movie is based on the true story of one of the most epic fashion showdowns in history.

In 1973 the top five French designers of the time were pitted against five (then unknown) American designers in an all out fashion battle fundraiser that took place at the Palace of Versailles.

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As a fundraiser for the restoration of King Louis XIV’s the two teams of designers presented their fashions to an audience of the world’s social elite including the likes of Princess Grace of Monaco, the Duchess of Windsor, Paloma Picasso, and Andy Warhol

On the French team was Yves Saint Laurent, Hubert de Givenchy, Pierre Cardin, Emanuel Ungaro, and Marc Bohan of Christian Dior. Their show was a huge 2 hour, extravagant affair that had elaborate sets and a live orchestra that played classic music.

The American team brought Oscar de la Renta, Bill Blass, Halston, Stephen Burrows  and Anne Klein, who brought along her then-assistant Donna Karan. In huge contrast to the French show, the Americans had a 35 minute show that was set “to a pre-recorded Al Green soundtrack, backed by a simple line drawing of the Eiffel Towel.”

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At the end of it all the American’s came out victorious but this historic fashion battle also broke down barriers. Of the 30 fashion models that walked the runway 10 were African American women, which at the time was absolutely groundbreaking.

Ava DuVernay will be co-writing the project with Michael Starrburry.

We can’t wait to see their take on this transformative moment in fashion history!


Ariel Leconte

Ariel Leconte

Ariel is the Associate Editor of Jawbreaker and creator of Revolutionary In Pink Pumps blog. She is equally obsessed with social justice, lipstick, culture, and red wine.