Ava DuVernay To Direct The Battle Of Versailles

Ava DuVernay continues to flex her black girl magic as she has been tapped to direct the forthcoming HBO Films movie, The Battle Of Versailles.

The film is based on the 2015 book, The Battle of Versailles: The Night American Fashion Stumbled into the Spotlight and Made History written by fashion journalist Robin Givhan.

Ava is co-writing the project, which is currently in development. She is also the executive producer and director of the film.

Here’s the scoop via Deadline:

The movie will chronicle the November 28, 1973 fashion show that took place at the Palace of Versailles. A fundraiser for the restoration of King Louis XIV’s palace, it pitted the top five French designers (Yves Saint Laurent, Hubert de Givenchy, Pierre Cardin, Emanuel Ungaro, and Marc Bohan of Christian Dior) against five then-unknown Americans (Oscar de la Renta, Bill Blass, Anne Klein, Halston, Stephen Burrows and Anne Klein, who brought along her then-assistant Donna Karan) in front of an audience of the world’s social elite. By the end of the night, American fashion would be born, racial barriers broken, and the industry would be left forever transformed.




The French designers kicked off the evening with a big-budget, two-hour extravaganza featuring elaborate set pieces and a live orchestra playing classical music. The Americans followed with a 35-minute show to a pre-recorded Al Green soundtrack, backed by a simple line drawing of the Eiffel Towel. Against all odds, the Americans emerged victorious, hailed for the energy of their presentation, with a lot of the credit going to the fearless 30 models, 10 of whom, in a groundbreaking move, were African American.

Ava betta werk!

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