Susanne Bartsch Presents: Bartschland

Tales of New York City Nightlife


Bartschland: Tales of New York City Nightlife​ is a decades-deep dive into the intoxicating world of queer NYC nightlife through entertainer and fashion icon Susanne Bartsch.

This book is not yet published, but will be available from May 2024.

ISBN: 9781419767562 Category:

Susanne Bartsch


“Ms. Bartsch’s name,” wrote the New York Times, “is the night life equivalent of a couture label.”

Additional information

Weight 1296 g
Dimensions 20.6 x 25.8 cm
Publisher name ABRAMS
Publication date 30 May 2024
Number of pages 240
Format Hardback
Dimensions 20.6 x 25.8 cm
Weight 1296 g


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Susanne Bartsch emerged from Switzerland to captivate London's avant-garde scene before leaving an indelible mark on 1980s New York. Her iconic NYC boutique, the first to feature designers like Vivienne Westwood, ignited a transformative fashion-cultural movement. Devastated by AIDS in the early '90s, she conceived the Love Ball, raising millions for those affected and inspiring Madonna's song “Vogue.” Hailed as the "nightlife equivalent of a couture label" by the New York Times, Susanne Bartsch's legendary parties persist in the cultural zeitgeist. Dismantling traditional norms that fostered inclusivity in a vibrant subculture, these events have maintained their influence and significance four decades later. A blockbuster museum exhibition at the Fashion Institute of Technology, coupled with the documentary Susanne Bartsch: On Top, has firmly cemented her impact and enduring legacy in fashion and popular culture.