Andy Warhol and Yves Saint Laurent at the ‘Battle of Versailles,’ November 28, 1973.
The “Battle of Versailles” was an event created by Eleanor Lambert and Versailles curator Gerald Van der Kamp. Held in Paris where the top american designers Oscar de la Renta, Bill Blass , Anne Klein, Halston, and Stephen Burrows were pitted against the top French designers Yves Saint Laurent, Hubert de Givenchy, Pierre Cardin, Emanuel Ungaro, and Marc Bohan of Christian Dior. A benefit for the crumbling Palace of Versailles it created history in the fashion industry. Their goal was to not only showcase fashion, but to also restore the legendary palace which was in need of a $60 million USD renovation that the French government simply couldn’t provide.