April 6, 2021

Episode 19: Dianne Brill | Queen of the Night

The insane life of Dianne Brill began in Wisconsin, then London in her early twenties, and by some fluke of a visa problem New York City got her, thank God. By 1985 she was featured in the New York Times as the reigning queen of NYC parties. Andy Warhol famously said of Dianne, if you were at a party and Dianne Brill was there, you knew you were at the right party. Her supersonic beauty, skintight rubber fashion, and club appearances drove the paparazzi insane and made her officially known as the queen of the night. She was at the top of what became known as the Fab 500, literally the 500 coolest people that were on any New York city guest list in the 1980s. We're talking Iggy Pop, Robert Mapplethorpe, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring, Annie Leibovitz, Steven Klein, Debbie Harry, Mario Testino. And of course Andy Warhol. She was married to Rudolf Pieper the owner of the legendary club, Danceteria where her legendary status was cemented. Everywhere Dianne went she was adored and always made a statement. She’s acted in films like iconic downtown NYC film, Slaves of New York, and For Love or Money with Michael J. Fox. She wrote a book, “Boobs, Boys and High Heels or How to Get Dressed in Just Under Six Hours.” She started a clothing line and she was dressing Duran Duran and Prince, walking in runway shows for Thierry Mugler, Jean Paul Gaultier, Vivienne Westwood. She even has a mannequin created after her figure…She started her own cosmetics line, Dianne Brill Cosmetics, and now she is on Instagram and YouTube with her channel, The Brill of it All. Dianne Brill was truly way ahead of the curve for being famous for being fabulous, way before social media likes followers and the notion that people are just famous for no discernible reason. The thing about Dianne is she's famous because she created a sensation, a fury, she represented what it meant to be everywhere at all times a sensation, and anyone that watched her walk across the room.


The insane life of Dianne Brill began in Wisconsin, then London in her early twenties, and by some fluke of a visa problem New York City got her, thank God. By 1985 she was featured in the New York Times as the reigning queen of NYC parties. Andy Warhol famously said of Dianne, if you were at a party and Dianne Brill was there, you knew you were at the right party. Her supersonic beauty, skintight rubber fashion, and club appearances drove the paparazzi insane and made her officially known as the queen of the night. She was at the top of what became known as the Fab 500, literally the 500 coolest people that were on any New York city guest list in the 1980s. We're talking Iggy Pop, Robert Mapplethorpe, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring, Annie Leibovitz, Steven Klein, Debbie Harry, Mario Testino. And of course Andy Warhol. She was married to Rudolf Pieper the owner of the legendary club, Danceteria where her legendary status was cemented. Everywhere Dianne went she was adored and always made a statement. She’s acted in films like the iconic downtown NYC film, Slaves of New York, and For Love or Money with Michael J. Fox. She wrote a book, “Boobs, Boys and High Heels or How to Get Dressed in Just Under Six Hours.” She started a clothing line and she was dressing Duran Duran and Prince, walking in runway shows for Thierry Mugler, Jean Paul Gaultier, Vivienne Westwood. She even has a mannequin created after her figure…She started her own cosmetics line, Dianne Brill Cosmetics, and now she is on Instagram and YouTube with her channel, The Brill of it All. Dianne Brill was truly way ahead of the curve for being famous for being fabulous, way before social media likes followers and the notion that people are just famous for no discernible reason. The thing about Dianne is she's famous because she created a sensation, a fury, she represented what it meant to be everywhere at all times a sensation, and anyone that watched her walk across the room. We had such an amazing time going down memory lane and celebrating her incredible and illustrious life. And don’t forget to wish our Aries queen a Happy Birthday today! Enjoy XO Topics and Work Discussed: NYT 1985 https://www.nytimes.com/1985/04/27/ny... Buy Dianne’s Book: Boobs, Boys, and High Heels, Or How to Get Dressed in Just Under Six Hours https://www.thriftbooks.com/w/boobs-b... In the 90s is when she met Mugler and became one of his muses for over a decade Looks/Photos Shown: Mr. Pearl, Dianne Brill, and Thierry Mugler in 1995 Dianne Brill, Thierry Mugler runway, Fall 1995 Dianne Brill for Thierry Mugler RTW SS 1995 Dianne Brill, Thierry Mugler Spring/Summer 1992 Ready-To-Wear Dianne Brill, Thierry Mugler Spring/Summer 1988 Dianne Brill, Thierry Mugler runway 1990, Photography Marc Baptiste She talks walking for Jean Paul Gaultier with Grace Jones and Jack Nicholson sitting front row and what happens next….Extra credit for anyone who can find this show! Dianne enjoyed being a muse and modeling but drew the line at Playboy. Dianne really became the Queen of the Night at the legendary club, Danceteria, and was once married to the owner, Rudolf Pieper. Does Dianne think we will ever have a revival like her time in NYC?. The Life Ball in Vienna, Austria 2019. Dianne & Keith Haring’s special relationship. Dianne talks about her times with legendary makeup artist, Way Bandy. An unbelievable Madonna story involving an unforgettable assistant. Working with Mr. Pearl and what goes into his craft. Just like the rest of us Dianne can’t help but love looking into people’s zoom backgrounds and a peek into their world, including what’s the deal my lava lamp! Everyone needs a quilted leather bra. The Blonds x Moulin Rouge at NYFW 2019 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nb6n6... _________________ Visit us at www.lookbehindthelook.com

Dianne Brill

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The insane life of Dianne Brill began in Wisconsin, then London in her early twenties, and by some fluke of a visa problem New York City got her, thank God. By 1985 she was featured in the New York Times as the reigning queen of NYC parties.

Andy Warhol famously said of Dianne, if you were at a party and Dianne Brill was there, you knew you were at the right party. Her supersonic beauty, skintight rubber fashion, and club appearances drove the paparazzi insane and made her officially known as the queen of the night. She was at the top of what became known as the Fab 500, literally the 500 coolest people that were on any New York city guest list in the 1980s. We're talking Iggy Pop, Robert Mapplethorpe, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring, Annie Leibovitz, Steven Klein, Debbie Harry, Mario Testino. And of course Andy Warhol. She was married to Rudolf Pieper the owner of the legendary club, Danceteria where her legendary status was cemented.

Everywhere Dianne went she was adored and always made a statement. She’s acted in films like the iconic downtown NYC film, Slaves of New York, and For Love or Money with Michael J. Fox. She wrote a book, “Boobs, Boys and High Heels or How to Get Dressed in Just Under Six Hours.” She started a clothing line and she was dressing Duran Duran and Prince, walking in runway shows for Thierry Mugler, Jean Paul Gaultier, Vivienne Westwood. She even has a mannequin created after her figure…She started her own cosmetics line, Dianne Brill Cosmetics, and now she is on Instagram and YouTube with her channel, The Brill of it All.