Studio 54

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When I think about the 70s, I think about glamour, idleness of the youth, body liberation and parties. After the Vietnam War, I think the biggest weight had been lifted off the youth's shoulders. It was time to let off some steam, and I think Studio 54 was what the New York City night scene desperately needed. 
Studio 54 was opened in 1977 by Steve Rubell and Ian Schrager on W 54th Street in Manhattan. The club saw many iconic faces make way through those double doors. It was a hot spot for the elite, artists and everyone else who needed a raincheck from reality and the struggling times of the 70s.

Entrance of the club with a lingering line of people with hopes of even catching a glimpse of the packed glamorous dance floor. 
The iconic, round dance floor that occupied the middle of the club. 
Some of the regulars you could have encountered at Studio 54 included Michael Jackson, Mick and Bianca Jagger, Elton John, Liza Minnelli, Calvin Klein, Yves Saint Laurent, Diana Ross, Andy Warhol, Brooke Shields, Lou Reed, Keith Richards, and many more.

A couple sporting their Halloween outfits for the big October 31st bash at
Studio 54. Halloween was one of the most notorious parties at the club.
Andy Warhol and Lou Reed.
Yves Saint Laurent.

My love for vintage things doesn't just end with fashion, hence the name of the blog. I think vintage pieces, photographs and art works are an important aspects of the culture. Owning or wearing a vintage piece is a privilege, just like looking at these photographs. It is a glimpse in their time. And I love going back to the 70s glamour.

Bianca Jagger, Liza Minnelli and Michael Jackson.
Brooke Shields and Calvin Klein.
Studio 54 was sold to Mark Fleischman who ended the first era by turning the club into a cabaret. The club reopened a couple of times after that until it was turned and owned by a Theater Company which kept the name Studio 54. 
This nightclub retained its originality as one of the most influential disco night clubs of the 70s with the most affluent guests each night. It became a New York staple, everyone who was anyone wanted to be there. Studio 54 remains one of the most iconic clubs in the entire world, even after its demise in the 80s.

Keith Richards and Chuck Berry.
Elton John on the dance floor.

All of these photographs capture an era like no other. I can only imagine what it must have felt like to be there and absorb all of Studio 54's glory. My infatuation with Studio 54 has grown in the past months, I love discovering new photos of the A-Listers, it brings a sense of heroism of that generation. I believe that pop culture is a romanticized mirrored image of our society and Studio 54 managed to capture those moments in the 70s for years to come.

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