Mr. Burrows gathered some of his Model Greats like Bethann Hardison, Amina Warsuma, Billie Blair, Pat Cleveland, Alva Chinn, Norma Jean Darden, , China Mechado & Ramona Saunders.
Event held at Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum of Art
In the annals of fashion smackdowns, few events have attained anything resembling the legendary status of the 1973 Grand Divertissement à Versailles. A stunt benefit ginned up by Eleanor Lambert, the publicist who invented the Best Dressed List, this fabled fashion show, promoted as a Franco-American collaboration, was always destined to be seen as a battle for dominance: the Old World slugging it out with the New, a muscular group of comers with Studio 54 as their shared point of reference taking on the fusty world of the haute couture.
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