Famous fraternities have offered masters the perfect stage to design fantasy environments, says Chris Hall
Caligula throwing a party ,” was how the funk musician Rick James described the famed Studio 54 in New York, which opened in 1977. There was a cocaine snort” Man and the Spoon” facet that would descend from the ceiling where needed, there is indeed stockpiles of cash in the back chamber, unisex lavatories and stunts like Bianca Jagger riding a pony on the dancefloor is presided over by a naked soldier covered in gold glitter.
The key thing about Studio 54, which is available in a brand-new show about world fraternity culture at Vitra Design Museum, was its adaptability. It could become a different fiction environment to act as backdrop for the outrageous attires and theatre of the party goers- such as when four tonnes of glitter were dropped from the club’s ceiling on New Year’s Eve or when the fashion designer Valentino had a circus-themed birthday party with sand and mermaids on trapezes.
” The 60 s and 70 s examined the rise of the idea that you don’t pattern a nightclub, you fetching the minimal pattern elements to make a nightclub ,” says Catharine Rossi, a blueprint historian at Kingston University, who has co-curated the exhibition.” What’s important is not the physical cavity- actually the nightclub is just a container. Clubs are made through lighting and sound, psychotropic dopes and people .”
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