It’s finally here! Zendaya revealed her ‘70s-inspired, TommyxZendaya, collection at the Comédie & Studio des Champs-Elysées theater in Paris. Blazers, high-waisted pants, printed suits and wrap dresses graced the runway for a fun and funky experience. With a model cast full of black girl magic, the show was a celebratory breath of fresh air.
The History of Versailles
The 1973 Battle of Versailles fashion show was an inspiration for the look of the TommyxZendaya show. Starting as a fundraiser for the restoration of King Louis XIV’s palace, the legendary event would go on to alter the history of fashion forever. Five of the best French and American designers in the world went against each other to showcase their best designs. However, the Americans would make history with their 10 African American models, who strutted and danced down the runway. With confidence, sex appeal, and a carefree attitude, the audience couldn’t help but enjoy.
A-list Model Cast
With the casting help of Michelle Lee, Zendaya made sure to put inclusivity at the forefront of her show. They included models of all body sizes, shapes, and ages. It looked and felt like Black History, Women’s History, and Fashion Month beautifully crafted into one. Recognizable names of the past such as Debra Shaw and Chrystèle Saint Louis Augustin, joined the runway with new school models like Jourdan Dunn and Winnie Harlow. Ending the show was none other than, 70-year-old Jamaican-American singer and model, Grace Jones. In a metallic blazer and a gold bodysuit, she danced to her 1981 hit “Pull Up To The Bumper”.
As an American fashion designer, actress and singer, Zendaya is one of the younger influencers of the Z-generation that should not be put off to the side and forgotten. She understands the importance of including people who have been shut out, expressing who you truly are and not being afraid to show it.