I saw "Versailles ‘73: American Runway Revolution" over the weekend and it’s still on my mind.
The documentary chronicles a runway battle of sorts between five French designers and five American designers in November 1973. Conceived as a fundraiser for the restoration of the Palace of Versailles, the fashion show pitted the French haute couture establishment against scrappy American sportswear designers, and ultimately changed the course of fashion history.
It’s a fantastic documentary −dishy and entertaining− and I highly recommend it.
Wow. This trailer for “Miss Representation” blew me away.
The documentary exposes how mainstream media contribute to the underrepresentation of women in positions of power and influence in America. Basically, the film asserts that the media’s limited portrayal of women ultimately makes it difficult for us to achieve leadership positions and feel empowered.
Also, The Women’s Fund of Central Ohio is hosting a screening tomorrow, Nov. 28, and I’d love to see my local followers there!
The screening will take place at Arena Grand Theatre. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. The screening is from 6-7:30 p.m., followed immediately by a roundtable discussion that brings the conversation to a local level and asks the audience to weigh in with their thoughts about the issues raised in the film.
A virtual discussion of “Miss Representation” will also be broadcast through UStream and Facebook during the roundtable discussion. The discussion hosts will give a brief recap of the film, then answer audience questions. Questions can be submitted in advance through UStream, Facebook or Twitter, or you can tweet them live during the show. Just be sure to use the hashtag #MissRepCO.
Each $10 ticket is a tax-deductable donation that supports the work of The Women’s Fund. Tickets can be purchased online or by phone at 614-225-9926.
Over the weekend, I got a chance to watch “J.Crew and the Man Who Dressed America,” a CNBC documentary, and I really liked it.
The subject is J.Crew CEO Mickey Drexler. If you’re into fashion or retail or marketing or corporate rockstars, you should definitely check it out.
One tidbit that grabbed me: A longtime customer emailed a complaint to J.Crew (addressed to Drexler) about a jacket that was only offered in small sizes. And within 20 minutes of hitting “send,” Drexler called her personally.
And the jacket was available in more sizes the next season.