Synopses & Reviews
Susanne Bartsch has been the queen of New York City nightlife since the 1980s when she first became famous for spectacular parties, where a diverse crowd brought fashion to the level of performance art. Her most important party was undoubtedly the 1989 Love Ball, a pioneering AIDS benefit that brought the fashion world together. The Love Ball was followed by other parties, which ultimately raised more than $2.5 million for AIDS research and advocacy. Over the years, Bartsch has had a profound impact on the world of fashion and visual culture. She has been a retailer, a fashion show organizer, a muse, and a catalyst. As Holly Brubach wrote in her 1991 New Yorker
profile, andldquo;If there is a theme that runs through the various jobs Bartsch has held, it is perhaps a fascination with the way people present themselvesandmdash;with the clothes and the part they play in peopleandrsquo;s imagination.andrdquo;
Fashion Underground: The World of Susanne Bartschand#160;features approximately 80 looks from Bartschandrsquo;s personal collection of clothing and accessories, including designs by Rachel Auburn, Body Map, Leigh Bowery, John Galliano, Jean Paul Gaultier, Thierry Mugler, Mr. Pearl, Vivienne Westwood, Zaldy, and many others. Dazzling color photographs allow readers to witness the incredible art of transformation.and#160;
From haute couture to hot pants, from glamour to grunge, the past fifty years have witnessed some startling revolutions in fashion. This lively survey of postwar fashion not only describes the great designers and their creations but also places trends in clothing within their social and cultural contexts.
From haute couture to hot pants, from glamour to grunge, the second half of the 20th century witnessed some startling revolutions in fashion. This survey not only describes the great designers and their creations but also places clothing trends within their social and cultural contexts.
A lavishly illustrated tribute to one of the most remarkable self-invented personalities on the New York fashion scene
Lavishly illustrated, this catalogue celebrates one of the most extraordinary self-invented personalities on the New York fashion scene with more than 200 images of her amazing world.
About the Author
is director and chief curator and Melissa Marra
is associate curator of education and public programs, both at the Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology, New York.