Susanne Bartsch: Art-a-Porter at the TMA
After last year's great Norma Kamali exhibition, the Tampa Museum of Art will open another fashion-focused exhibition on Sunday, featuring the couture designs and looks worn by tastemaker Susanne Bartsch. New York City's famed "Queen of the Night," pictured, began her rise to fashion notoriety with her SoHo boutique in the early 1980s, one of the first American shops to carry designs from Vivienne Westwood and John Galliano.
She went on to become famous for her legendary underground parties, and her style certainly influenced the Club Kids of the 1990s nightclub scene, not to mention Lady Gaga. The exhibit will feature more than 35 looks spanning Bartsch's extraordinary career, including designs by Alexander McQueen, Jean-Paul Gaultier, Thierry Mugler, John Galliano, Vivienne Westwood and corsetmaker Mr Pearl. It will be a treat to see the creations of that many fashion superstars in one place. The exhibition opens at 11 a.m. Sunday at 120 W Gasparilla Plaza.
Admission is $15; $7.50 seniors, groups; $5 students; university, college and higher education students with valid IDs and children ages 6 and under free.