Guuuuuuurrrl, you better start working on your wig TODAY.
Beloved party promoter and fashion icon Susanne Bartsch (above and below) has announced that she will present the 30th Anniversary of her legendary Love Ball this summer, in collaboration with The Council of Fashion Designers of America.
Yes! Mark June 25 on your calendar, and Google maps Gotham Hall, because that’s where the party is happening. As in years before, the Love Ball will benefit an AIDs charity (with proceeds going to the CFDA-Vogue Initiative/New York City AIDS Fund of The New York Community Trust this year). MAC Cosmetics, which founded its Viva Glam campaign in 1994 to benefit AIDS (donating the full sale price of its line of Viva Glam lipsticks to the MAC AIDs fund) will sponsor the event.
The evening, which promises a slew of celebrity attendees, will be emceed by Pose star, Billy Porter, and feature “six categories that allow members from the Ballroom community, celebrities, and nightlife icons to compete for a one-of-a-kind trophy.” Love Ball III will also commemorate the legacy of Hector Xtravaganza, “the Grandfather of Ballroom” and a close collaborator of Bartsch’s, who died at age 60 last year.
“It’s the 30th anniversary of The Love Ball, which I created to celebrate life, to show support for people living with HIV, and to unite people to fight AIDS,” Bartsch says. “It’s the most important fight I ever fought. While much progress has been made since, the disease continues to disproportionately affect underserved communities. The fight continues.”
Also on hand to lend a hand: PAPER editor-in-chief/cutie-patootie Drew Elliott (who will help curate the event), along with Ballroom scene fixture Jack Mizrahi, drag legend Kevin Aviance (“Din Da Da”), best-selling author and creative ambassador for Barney’s Simon Doonan, celeb event legend Simon Huck, KCD, Vogue, and Emmy-award winning RuPaul’s Drag Race designer and legendary legend Zaldy.
The ball will round out PRIDE month, which this year commemorates the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots. Purchase tickets ($25-$10,000) to Love Ball III here.
(And to learn more about the legendary Queen of the Night, check out the FABULOUS documentary Susanne Bartsch: On-Top, available for streaming on most platforms. Trailer below.)