Studio 54

Shop update!
Welcome new shop model Judy! Isn’t she a stunner?

Black velvet maxi kaftan. Gold soutache braid detail.

With this round of photos I drew inspiration from Supermodels and style icons from the 1970′s disco era; Gia, Jerry Hall, Janice Dickenson and Bianca Jagger. These fabulous ladies frequented the infamous studio 54 and did their fair share of partying, VIP style. These lovely creatures epitomized the high glamour and disregard for the rules so commonly associated with the mid-seventies.
The look for this shoot was not wholesome in the least and was a lot of fun to style. Music for the day was provided by the ‘Chic’ Pandora channel. Accessories and shoes are both from my personal collection and Aldo.

Gia Carangi

A weensy bit of Studio 54 history:
“Studio 54 was operated by the flamboyant, openly gay, publicly visible Steve Rubell and retiring, straight silent partner Ian Schrager. Hedonistic Rubell was known for hand selecting guests from the always huge mobs outside, mixing beautiful “nobodies” with glamorous celebrities in the same venue. “Studio”, as it came to be called, was notorious for the hedonism that went on within; the balconies were notorious for sexual encounters, and drug use was rampant. Its dance floor was decorated with a depiction of a Man in the Moon that included an animated coke spoon.

In 1979, Rubell and Schrager were arrested and charged for skimming $2.5 million, and the club was closed with one final party, called “The End of Modern-day Gomorrah”, on February 4, 1980. After its closing, several amounts of cocaine and money were found in the club’s walls.” from the nightlife wiki web page.
In the late 80′s I worked in the NYC mega club Palladium and got a chance to meet Mr. Rubell once before his death. He was a sweet man, and although it was a brief introduction, I knew I was meeting a legend. Many of the managers at Palladium also worked at Studio and brought in many of the great promoters as well as “tales of woe” from it’s heyday! Although the formula was repeated, the atmosphere and glory of Studio was never recaptured in the new clubs. It became a sad shell of it’s former self.

My lovely makeup artist Mimi Kamara focused on contouring the face and creating a dewy look to the skin as if the model has been dancing all night. I am absolutely in love with the bronze eye and the pink lip! The bright fuchsia contrasts the smoky bronze eye making it very modern. The bronze emphasizes the gorgeous almond shape of the models eyes.

The pieces range from the 1940′s to the 80′s and are not exclusively 1970s!Available now in my Etsy shop

 

 

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