Fashion publicist Eleanor Lambert poses in this Dec. 23, 1963 photo. Lambert helped bring American designers out of the garment districts back rooms and surrounded them with glamour.

Fashion publicist Eleanor Lambert poses in this Dec. 23, 1963 photo. Lambert helped bring American designers out of the garment districts back rooms and surrounded them with glamour.

For centuries, French designers dictated what was à la mode in most of the Western world. Trends in fashion started — and ended — there, spreading to out shops and pattern books around the world. In 1973, French and American designers staged a friendly, but high-stakes, show that would change perceptions of race, sexuality and identity within and beyond the fashion world. We talk with Robin Givhan about why that legendary event continues to reverberate today.

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  • Robin Givhan Author, "The Battle of Versailles: The Night American Fashion Stumbled into the Spotlight and Made History;" fashion critic, The Washington Post

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