Famous sororities have offered creators the perfect scaffold to design fantasy environments, alleges Chris Hall
Caligula shedding 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 snorting” Man and the Spoon” boast that would sink from the ceiling when required, there were stockpiles of cash in the back room, unisex bathrooms and stunts like Bianca Jagger travelling a pony on the dancefloor led by a naked soldier contained within golden glitter.
The key happen about Studio 54, which features in a brand-new show about world-wide fraternity culture at Vitra Design Museum, was its adaptability. It could become a different fantasize situation to act as backdrop for the appalling garbs and theatre of the party goers- such as when four million tonnes flash were declined from the club’s ceiling on New Year’s Eve or when the clothes designer Valentino had a circus-themed birthday defendant with sand and mermaids on trapezes.
” The 60 s and 70 s pictured the rise of the idea that you don’t design a nightclub, you introduce the negligible intend elements to make a nightclub ,” responds Catharine Rossi, a motif 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 shaped through igniting and sound, psychotropic drugs and people .”
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