On a recent trip to NYC, I stopped by the Museum at FIT. Their latest exhibition features the colorful and fashionable life of one of the most interesting personalities of the fashion world: Susanne Bartsch. The show is called "Fashion Underground: The World of Susanne Bartsch". Speaking of self-expression, this exhibition will take you on a visual journey of joy, humor, and freedom.
Bartsch is, however, more than just a fashion icon who believes that "you can be whatever you want to be." She is a muse to fashion designers and also one of the first retailers to import Vivienne Westwood in the 1980s. The turbulent years, affected by the AIDS epidemic, prompted Bartsch to became a fundraiser. The Love Ball of 1989, one of the first AIDS benefits, is one of Bartsch's notable achievements. Over the next few years, she raised a total of $2.5 million for AIDS research and advocacy.
You will also learn through videos and photographs. These document about 30 years of Susanne Bartsch's quest of self-expression. Go see the exhibition and discover for yourself this wonderful world of truly creative fashion!