Fashion Underground The World of Susanne Bartsch Valerie Steele, Melissa Marra, Susanne Bartsch, Waleed Khairzada

Format:
Hardback
Publication date:
08 Oct 2015
ISBN:
9780300214628
Imprint:
Yale University Press
Dimensions:
168 pages: 279 x 229mm
Illustrations:
250 color illus.

A lavishly illustrated tribute to one of the most remarkable self-invented personalities on the New York fashion scene

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, “If there is a theme that runs through the various jobs Bartsch has held, it is perhaps a fascination with the way people present themselves—with the clothes and the part they play in people’s imagination.”
 
Fashion Underground: The World of Susanne Bartsch features approximately 80 looks from Bartsch’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. 

Valerie Steele 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.

“With eye-popping looks by BodyMap, Leigh Bowery, John Galliano, Jean Paul Gaultier, Thierry Mugler, Mr. Pearl, Vivienne Westwood and many others vogueing from the pages, you’ll feel like you’re people watching at one of Bartsch’s legendary parties.”—Tony Bravo, The San Francisco Chronicle