My LOVE for metallic,lame,velvet and vintage clothing is inspired by all things "Studio 54 esque" This era was the epitome of all things glamour. Clothing was made from the heart and it showed. Studio 54's disco goers were known as "the velvet mafia". Since then designers have looked to the likes of halston and yves saint laurent for inspiration. Gucci,Balmain,Dior,Lanvin have livened up the runways lately with their appreciative salute to this style loved and recognised worldwide. I will forever be grateful to this style and era for inspiring me.
Studio 54 was a highly popular discotheque from 1977 until 1991, located at 254 West 54th Street in Manhattan, New York, USA. It was originally the Gallo Opera House, opening in 1927, after which it changed names several times, eventually becoming a CBS radio and television studio. In 1977 it became the legendary nightclub, Studio 54. Since November of 1998 it has been a venue for the Roundabout Theatre Company.
Among the many celebrities present during opening night: Michael Jackson, Mick, Bianca Jagger, Rick James, Liza Minnelli, Jerry Hall, Diana Vreeland, Halston, Margaux Hemingway, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Salvador Dali, Brooke Shields, Francesco Scavullo, Janice Dickinson, Cher, Joan Collins, Martha Graham, Deborah Harry, Robin Leach, Donald and Ivana Trump, Rick Hilton, Kathy Richards. Some celebrities, including Warren Beatty, Woody Allen, Diane Keaton, Henry Winkler, and Frank Sinatra were unable to get in, in part due to Studio 54's doorman. The nightclub held around 700 patrons who paid an $8 cover charge to get in each night.
Studio 54 was operated by the flamboyant, publicly visible Rubell and his retiring silent partner Schrager. Rubell became widely known for his door policy, mixing beautiful "nobodies" with glamorous celebrities. Alongside Rubell, doorman Marc Benecke became a fixture on the scene selecting and admitting people to the club. Rubell instructed Benecke to "cast a play" when selecting the perfect mixture of people to enter the club each night.
"Studio", as it came to be called, was notorious for the hedonism that occurred within it; the balconies were known for sexual encounters, and drug use was rampant. The wall behind the dance floor was decorated with a wall sculpture of a Man in the Moon that included an animated cocaine spoon. Above the balcony, there was a room known as “The Rubber Room.” All of its surfaces were lined with rubber, including the walls, so that everything could easily be wiped off. Michael Fesco presented "Sundays at the Studio."
Event planner Robert Isabell had four tons of glitter dumped in a four-inch layer on the floor of Studio 54 for a New Year's Eve party, which owner Ian Schrager described as like "standing on stardust" and left glitter that could be found months later in their clothing and homes. I have no doubt that Studio 54's influence will live on forever.