Of Another Fashion

An alternative archive of the not-quite-hidden but too often ignored fashion histories of U.S. women of color

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Karen Grigsby Bates recalls a 1973 fashion show at the Palace of Versailles in which the stars of the show were not the sartorial creations of Oscar de la Renta, Yves St. Laurent, or even Hubert de Givenchy but rather African American models including Sandi Bass. While it isn’t clear if Pat Cleveland and Bethann Hardison participated in the Palace of Versailles show, their photographs are included in the link. Below, Bethann Hardison (at left) is with Daniela Morera and Stephen Burrows at Studio 54 in 1977.

Bethann Hardison (at left with Daniela Morera and Stephen Burrows) at Studio 54 in 1977