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Editorial

Battles are waged in style terms too, as in the first legendary 1973 clash between American designers (including Oscar de la Renta) and French couturiers in Versailles. Peter Copping drew on that event to create a ladylike collection that mixed high-tech sporty fabrics with 18th-century-inspired ones, as well as using ancient tailoring techniques like corsetry on materials such as leather. The result was a series of cocktail and evening looks comprising thin funnel neck or turtleneck knits worn with high-waist swing skirts in sumptuous fabrics, with precious embroidery and/or metallic sheen, bustier dresses embellished with gilding and floral prints or fluid and silky with draping and wrinkling. If American fashion had the upper hand at that early battle, this time Versailles won. Until the next time.