Monday, February 7, 2011

Versailles.

Designer Roy Halston Frowick, known best by his middle name only, with model Pat  Cleveland at a party following the Coty Awards in 1972. Halston frequently used Cleveland to showcase his fluid, body-hugging designs.

In 1973,
within the audacious halls of Versailles,
Black models set a hip precedent,
for the first time en masse.

...they made haute couture hip.

France's finest: Yves St. Laurent, Christian Dior, Hubert de Givenchy, Emanuel Ungaro and Pierre Cardin — designers known for being elegant, traditional, proper.
And America's freshest: Anne Klein, Oscar de la Renta, Bill Blass, Halston, Stephen Burrows, were all showcased at this star studded, socialite crawling, jet setter teeming fashion experience of vogue proportions.

The spectators were amazed, unable to describe the essence that rendered this runway show particularly striking.

Sandi Bass, one of the Black models presented on the runway that day...
"There was a certain kind of walk that we had at the time, and I'm just going to say it was pretty much the 'black girls' walk,' " she says. "We were free, we were spirited, we would smile. ... It was like a little trot down the runway." Source


That cool, indescribable je ne sais quoi?

Well that my friends,
that's simply called being Black.

We just be cool like that sometimes.



P.S.
I joke! I joke! I kid! ...I believe every cultural group is cool in their own manner...

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