Refinery 29: Getting Ready With New York's Most Iconic Nightlife Legend

Today, less than 50 residents still call the building home — one of which is Susanne Bartsch, a woman who we'd dare to describe as the reigning queen of New York nightlife. She moved to the city from London for a love affair. Instead, she ended up discovering her true love: bringing people together. In the '80s, she helped put designers like Vivienne Westwood and John Galliano on the map in America, importing their pieces and selling them to the coolest ladies about town. When the doors to her clothing store closed, Bartsch began throwing parties at the then-hot spot Savage; followed by extravaganzas filled with wild, over-the-top costumes and drag entertainment at the Copacabana that became the thing ...