In the world of Susanne Bartsch, too much is never enough. The event producer and party thrower, famed for her over-the-top wardrobe and spectacular parties, has been a fixture in the underground nightlife scene for decades. Crowned “Queen of the Night”, her celebration of life, reinvention, and outlandish fashion has inspired myriads of designers, artists, stylists and the like. After making her mark on the London club scene, she moved to New York City in 1981 and opened a boutique in Soho. The store showcased all of her favorite British designers such as Vivienne Westwood and John Galliano, whose names were then unknown in the US. Susanne introduced English fashion and club culture to New York City and a new downtown fashion scene was born.
The Museum at FIT is celebrating Bartsch in the latest exhibition “Fashion Underground: The World of Susanne Bartsch”. The show recreates one of her infamous parties at a downtown nightclub and displays over 80 dramatic looks, featuring designers like Vivienne Westwood, Alexander McQueen, Jean Paul Gautier, Thierry Mugler, The Blonds, Pam Hogg, Rick Owens, Zaldy, Mr. Pearl, and Stephen Jones. Every costume, piece, shoe, hat, wig and accessory is a work of art, and no detail has been overlooked. And there is definitely no shortage of sequins or sparkles (always a plus). This show is absolutely fantastic and a must-see for costume lovers, club-goers, and those who just need a little kick in the fashion inspiration pants.
For details about this show and The Museum at FIT: http://www.fitnyc.edu/museum/exhibitions/susanne-bartsch.php