Susanne Bartsch’s Fashion Underground at FIT

This fall I had the honor of working on a collection of mannequins as part of the FIT Costume Gallery showcasing the outrageous fashions of Susanne Bartsch over the years.  Susanne Bartsch has been the queen of New York City nightlife since the 1980s when she became renowned for creating spectacular parties where she and a diverse mix of individuals—uptown, downtown, gay, straight, multiracial—dressed up in their own versions of high fashion, street style, drag, and Mardi Gras extravaganza. Her first party took place in 1986 at a club near the Chelsea Hotel, where she has lived for many years. “It was about seeing and being seen,” says Bartsch.  In 1989, she organized the Love Ball, one of the first and most important AIDS benefits. Over the next few years, she raised a total of $2.5 million for AIDS research and advocacy.  The exhibition, curated by Valerie Steele and Susanne Bartsch and designed by Kim Ackert after a concept by Thierry Loriot, and will be accompanied by a book by Steele and Melissa Marra.  The exhibit features designs by Rachel Auburn, The Blonds, Leigh Bowery, John Galliano, Jean Paul Gaultier, Pam Hogg, Stephen Jones, Alexander McQueen, Thierry Mugler, Rick Owens, Vivienne Westwood, and Zaldy

Fashion Underground: The World of Susanne Bartsch

Special Exhibitions Gallery
September 18 – December 5, 2015