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Fashion Underground: The World of Susanne Bartsch Symposium

Susanne Bartsch. Photograph by Steven Menendez.
Susanne Bartsch. Photograph by Steven Menendez.
Thursday and Friday, October 22 and 23
Morris W. and Fannie B. Haft Auditorium
Marvin Feldman Center, Second Floor

The fifteenth annual fashion symposium, Fashion Underground: The World of Susanne Bartsch, explored the creative links between Bartsch’s 30 years of sartorial self-expression and its influence on the global fashion scene.

Twenty-one speakers discussed the impact and the influence that Susanne Bartsch has had on fashion and nightlife. Speakers included Simon Doonan (Creative Ambassador-at-Large of Barneys New York), Stephen Jones (milliner), and Peter McNeil (professor at University of Technology Sydney and at Stockholm University).


Symposium Schedule
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Symposium Reading List
Thursday, October 22
9-10 am
Check-in and registration
Haft Auditorium, Feldman Center, second floor
10 am-1 pm
Dr. Valerie Steele, welcoming remarks
Melissa Marra, "Subcultural Capitals: London and New York" (VIDEO)
Hamish Bowles "“Striking a Pose: Remembering London’s Fashion and Club Scene in the 1980s" (VIDEO)
Stephen Jones and Colleen Hill, in conversation (VIDEO)
Simon Doonan, “The Swiss Miss Gives Back”
Lunch break
Susanne Bartsch and Dr. Valerie Steele, in conversation, “Fashion Underground” (VIDEO)
Nathalie Khan, “Trash Bag Bikinis: Bodily Practice in London’s Club Culture”
James Gager and Kabuki, in conversation
Friday, October 23
9-10 am
Check-in, registration
Haft Auditorium, Feldman Center, second floor
10 am-1 pm
Ted Polhemus, “No Future—Glam, Punk, New Roms, and the Roots of Postmodernity”
Rachel Auburn, "The London Fashion Explosion 1980s"
Dr. Peter McNeil, "Sydney, Australia—From Port City to Queer Clubbing"
Josef Astor, "Body Morphing à la Mode"
Lunch break
Dr. Ann Ilan Alter, “Costumes, Cross-Dressing, and Masquerades at Parisian Carnival Balls: Transgressive, Reactionary, or Fashion as Usual?”
Joey Arias and Dr. Peter McNeil, in conversation”
Zaldy and Dr. Valerie Steele, in conversation (VIDEO)
Waleed Khairzada and Jessica Grindstaff, in conversation
Jeffrey Hinton and Billy Beyond (Erb), in conversation, followed by a screening of the film 80’s Is a Blur, by Jeffrey Hinton


Watch recordings of the speakers presentations on YouTube:

The Fashion Symposium was made possible thanks to the generosity of the Couture Council and MAC Cosmetics.
Additional support was provided by Hotel Americano.

The Couture Council