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Caligula throwing “states parties ” ,” was how the funk musician Rick James described the legendary Studio 54 in New York, which opened in 1977. There was a cocaine snort” Man and the Spoon” peculiarity that they are able to tumble from the ceiling where needed, there are still stacks of cash in the back area, unisex bathrooms and stunts like Bianca Jagger riding a pony on the dancefloor is presided over by a naked person covered in gold glitter.
The key thing about Studio 54, which is available in a new show about world-wide sorority culture at Vitra Design Museum, was its adaptability. It could become a different imagination milieu to act as backdrop for the outrageous outfits and theatre of the working party goers- such as when four tonnes of glitter were declined 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 met the rise of the idea that you don’t motif a nightclub, you raising the negligible blueprint constituents to make a nightclub ,” says Catharine Rossi, a intend historian at Kingston University, who has co-curated the exhibition.” What’s important is not the physical space- really the nightclub is just a container. Clubs are made through illuminating and sound, psychotropic narcotics and people .”
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