In episode two of Netflix’s Halston, fashion publicist Eleanor Lambert (Kelly Bishop) pressures Halston (Ewan McGregor) to participate in the Battle of Versailles Fashion Show in 1973. Although it’s relatively unknown outside of the style world, the Battle of Versailles switched up the industry forever. Featuring the very best of American and French fashion, the event was meant to be a fundraiser to restore the Palace of Versailles. It was a bit of a faceoff as well, with American designers Oscar de la Renta, Bill Blass, Anne Klein, Halston, and Stephen Burrows going up against French icons Yves Saint Laurent, Hubert de Givenchy, Pierre Cardin, Christian Dior, Emanuel Ungaro, and Marc Bohan. And yes, Josephine Baker and Liza Minnelli were very much in attendance!
Needless to say, the showcase really did exist and essentially kicked off the tradition of Paris Fashion Week. If you’re wondering if the costumes and designs in Halston are accurate, take a look ahead to see actual pictures of everything that went down in Versailles in 1973.