Famous societies have offered masters the perfect programme to design fantasy media, says Chris Hall
Caligula throwing “states parties ” ,” was how the funk musician Rick James described the famous Studio 54 in New York, which opened in 1977. There was a cocaine snort” Man and the Spoon” boast that would descend from the ceiling when required, there were batches of cash in the back chamber, unisex showers and stunts like Bianca Jagger riding a mare on the dancefloor led by a naked soldier covered in gold glitter.
The key thing about Studio 54, which features in a brand-new show about world society culture at Vitra Design Museum, was its adaptability. It could become a different fantasy milieu to act as backdrop for the outrageous outfits and theatre of the party goers- such as when four tonnes of glitter were sagged 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 envisioned the increase of the idea that you don’t design a nightclub, you raising the negligible intend factors 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 seat- actually the nightclub is just a container. Clubs are made through igniting and sound, psychotropic pharmaceuticals and people .”
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