Muses

Studio 54

When the New York nightclub opens in 1977 on the 54th Street, founded by Steve Rubell and Ian Shrager, it resonates as the ideal escape for Americans that have faced the Vietnam war, the Watergate scandal and the oil crisis. Steve Rubell welcomes his clients with whom he dances, drinks and takes drugs within a hedonistic atmosphere that moves to the sound of disco. Anybody can enter the Studio 54 while everybody wants to get in: extravagant and decadent looks are the best passes. When Bianca Jagger celebrates her birthday a month after the club’s opening and arrives on the back of a white horse, the buzz is launched: celebrities rush to the Studio 54 and anonymous clubbers can meet Michael Jackson, Debbie Harry, Liza Minnelli, Diana Ross, Truman Capote or Jack Nicholson. However, in 1978, the Drug Enforcement Authority discovers thousands of dollars hidden in the walls and a list of celebrities alongside their favorite drug, the Studio 54 is under surveillance before it is condemned to close its doors in 1980 just after one last grandiose party: ‘The End of Modern Day Gomorrah’. The two owners try to revive the club after their imprisonment but the spark has gone: disco has been replaced by pop and AIDS have obscured its libertine spirit. The Studio 54 finally definitely closes, putting an end to free sexuality, the golden age of disco and a certain ability for insouciance.

Polaroid of Grace Jones and Steve Rubell by Andy Warhol at Studio 54, September, 1977
Polaroid of Grace Jones and Steve Rubell by Andy Warhol at Studio 54, September, 1977
Polaroid of Steve Rubell, Rod and Alana Stewart, Cher and Tina Turner at Studio 54 by Andy Warhol, 1970s
Polaroid of Steve Rubell, Rod and Alana Stewart, Cher and Tina Turner at Studio 54 by Andy Warhol, 1970s
Studio 54 by Tod Papageorge, 1978-80
Studio 54 by Tod Papageorge, 1978-80
Brooke Shields and Calvin Klein by Joe Kelly at Studio 54, 1980s
Brooke Shields and Calvin Klein by Joe Kelly at Studio 54, 1980s
Peter Weller and Ali McGraw at Studio 54, 1979
Peter Weller and Ali McGraw at Studio 54, 1979
Diana Ross and Richard Gere arriving at Studio 54, 1979
Diana Ross and Richard Gere arriving at Studio 54, 1979
Grace Jones and Steve Rubell by Andy Warhol  at Studio 54, September, 1977
Grace Jones and Steve Rubell by Andy Warhol at Studio 54, September, 1977
Steve Rubell and Lauren Hutton by Andy Warhol at Studio 54
Steve Rubell and Lauren Hutton by Andy Warhol at Studio 54
Calvin Klein, Fran Lebowitz, Andy Warhol and Steve Rubell by Robert Roth at Studio 54, 1981
Calvin Klein, Fran Lebowitz, Andy Warhol and Steve Rubell by Robert Roth at Studio 54, 1981
Diana Ross and Steve Rubell by Douglas Vann at Studio 54, 1980
Diana Ross and Steve Rubell by Douglas Vann at Studio 54, 1980
Ali McGraw and Peter Weller, 1970s
Ali McGraw and Peter Weller, 1970s
Luci Arnaz with Python at Studio 54, 1979
Luci Arnaz with Python at Studio 54, 1979
Studio 54 at 254 West 54th Street, New York
Studio 54 at 254 West 54th Street, New York
Steve Rubell, Cher and Halston by Robin Platzer at Studio 54, 1977
Steve Rubell, Cher and Halston by Robin Platzer at Studio 54, 1977
Vitas Gerulaitis and Doorman Mark Benecke at Studio 54
Vitas Gerulaitis and Doorman Mark Benecke at Studio 54
Diana Ross, Billy Goodson and Salvatore DeFalco at Studio 54, 1978
Diana Ross, Billy Goodson and Salvatore DeFalco at Studio 54, 1978
 I Love New York Valentine's Party at Studio 54
I Love New York Valentine's Party at Studio 54
Liza Minnelli by Danny Lee at Studio 54, 1978
Liza Minnelli by Danny Lee at Studio 54, 1978
Jean Paul Belmondo and Steve Rubell at Studio 54, 1970s
Jean Paul Belmondo and Steve Rubell at Studio 54, 1970s
Leon Spinks with Lisa Gold at Studio 54, 1978
Leon Spinks with Lisa Gold at Studio 54, 1978
The Brad Davis Issue, Interview Magazine, October 1979
The Brad Davis Issue, Interview Magazine, October 1979
Brooke Shield and Calvin Klein by Adam Scull, 1981
Brooke Shield and Calvin Klein by Adam Scull, 1981
Roy Halston, Bianca Jagger, Jack Haley Jr., Liza Minnelli, Michael Jackson and Maria Schneider at Studio 54, 1977
Roy Halston, Bianca Jagger, Jack Haley Jr., Liza Minnelli, Michael Jackson and Maria Schneider at Studio 54, 1977
Yul Brynner and Doris Kleiner at Studio 54, 1978
Yul Brynner and Doris Kleiner at Studio 54, 1978
Grace Jones and André Leon-Talley at Studio 54
Grace Jones and André Leon-Talley at Studio 54
Steve Rubel, Halston and Bianca Jagger at Studio 54, 1978
Steve Rubel, Halston and Bianca Jagger at Studio 54, 1978
Alan Carr, Olivia Newton John and Elton John at the premiere of Grease, 1978
Alan Carr, Olivia Newton John and Elton John at the premiere of Grease, 1978
Andy Warhol, Sylvester Stallone and Susan Anton by Ron Galella
Andy Warhol, Sylvester Stallone and Susan Anton by Ron Galella
Halston, Bianca and Mick Jagger, 1977
Halston, Bianca and Mick Jagger, 1977
Bianca Jagger at Studio 54 at her birthday party by Rose Hartman, 1977
Bianca Jagger at Studio 54 at her birthday party by Rose Hartman, 1977
Bjorn Borg and Bianca Jagger at Studio 54, 1978
Bjorn Borg and Bianca Jagger at Studio 54, 1978
Calvin Klein, Catherine Bach and Steve Rubell at Studio 54 by Robert Roth, 1981
Calvin Klein, Catherine Bach and Steve Rubell at Studio 54 by Robert Roth, 1981
Christina Onassis  and Steve Rubell at Studio 54
Christina Onassis and Steve Rubell at Studio 54
The John Savage Issue, Interview Magazine, May 1979
The John Savage Issue, Interview Magazine, May 1979
Cheryl Tiegs and Louise Lasser at Studio 54, 1979
Cheryl Tiegs and Louise Lasser at Studio 54, 1979
Caroline Kennedy, Willie Woo and Sterling St. Jacques dancing at Studio 54, 1977
Caroline Kennedy, Willie Woo and Sterling St. Jacques dancing at Studio 54, 1977
Cher by Russel C. Turiak at Studio 54, 1977
Cher by Russel C. Turiak at Studio 54, 1977
Calvin Klein, Fran Lebowitz and Steve Rubell at Studio 54, 1981
Calvin Klein, Fran Lebowitz and Steve Rubell at Studio 54, 1981
Andy Warhol, Michael Jackson and Steve Rubell at Studio 54, 1977. Photo by Russel C. Turiak
Andy Warhol, Michael Jackson and Steve Rubell at Studio 54, 1977. Photo by Russel C. Turiak
Magic Madness Halloween invitation, October 31, 1978
Magic Madness Halloween invitation, October 31, 1978
Halston, Bianca and Mick Jagger, 1977
Halston, Bianca and Mick Jagger, 1977
Frank Sinatra and Steve Rubell by Russell C. Turiak at Studio 54, 1977
Frank Sinatra and Steve Rubell by Russell C. Turiak at Studio 54, 1977
Giannini and Steve Rubell at Studio 54, 1978
Giannini and Steve Rubell at Studio 54, 1978
Christina Onassis and Steve Rubell at Studio 54
Christina Onassis and Steve Rubell at Studio 54
Farrah Fawcett and Steve Rubell by Gene Spatz at Studio 54, 1977
Farrah Fawcett and Steve Rubell by Gene Spatz at Studio 54, 1977
Gilda Radner, Mary Hemingway and Margaux Hemingway at Studio 54, 1978
Gilda Radner, Mary Hemingway and Margaux Hemingway at Studio 54, 1978
Frank Sinatra  by Russell C. Turiak at Studio 54, 1977
Frank Sinatra by Russell C. Turiak at Studio 54, 1977
Diana Ross and Steve Rubel by Darleen Rubinl at Studio 54, 1979
Diana Ross and Steve Rubel by Darleen Rubinl at Studio 54, 1979
Farrah Fawcett and Steve Rubell by Gene Spatz at Studio 54, 1977
Farrah Fawcett and Steve Rubell by Gene Spatz at Studio 54, 1977
Grace Jones and Steve Rubell by Andy Warhol at Studio 54, 1982
Grace Jones and Steve Rubell by Andy Warhol at Studio 54, 1982
Simon LeBon and Boy George by Andy Warhol at Studio 54, 1982
Simon LeBon and Boy George by Andy Warhol at Studio 54, 1982
Custom made wall plaque in velvet and polished chrome laminate of the Studio 54
Custom made wall plaque in velvet and polished chrome laminate of the Studio 54
James Curley Mellon Dancing at Studio 54 by Andy Warhol
James Curley Mellon Dancing at Studio 54 by Andy Warhol
Farrah Fawcett and Steve Rubell by Gene Spatz at Studio 54, 1977
Farrah Fawcett and Steve Rubell by Gene Spatz at Studio 54, 1977
Ginger Rogers at Studio 54
Ginger Rogers at Studio 54
Dustin Hoffman and Kate Jackson at Studio 54, 1978
Dustin Hoffman and Kate Jackson at Studio 54, 1978
Dolly Parton by David Granoff at Studio 54, 1978
Dolly Parton by David Granoff at Studio 54, 1978
Didi Ryan, David Susskind and Steve Rubell at Studio 54, 1970s
Didi Ryan, David Susskind and Steve Rubell at Studio 54, 1970s
Diana Ross dancing at Studio 54, 1979
Diana Ross dancing at Studio 54, 1979
Elizabeth Taylor and Halston at Taylor's birthday party at Studio 54 with Rockettes in background, 1978
Elizabeth Taylor and Halston at Taylor's birthday party at Studio 54 with Rockettes in background, 1978
Bianca Jagger by Andy Warhol at Studio 54, 1970s
Bianca Jagger by Andy Warhol at Studio 54, 1970s
Interiors magazine with Studio 54 on the cover, 1977
Interiors magazine with Studio 54 on the cover, 1977
Jaclyn Smith by Ron Galella at Studio 54, 1978
Jaclyn Smith by Ron Galella at Studio 54, 1978
John Kennedy Jr. dancing at Studio 54, 1977
John Kennedy Jr. dancing at Studio 54, 1977
Bartenders by Andy Warhol at Studio 54, 1970s
Bartenders by Andy Warhol at Studio 54, 1970s
Steve Rubell by Danny Lee at Studio 54, 1979
Steve Rubell by Danny Lee at Studio 54, 1979
Raquel Welch, Andre Weinfeld and Steve Rubell by Robin Platzer at Studio 54
Raquel Welch, Andre Weinfeld and Steve Rubell by Robin Platzer at Studio 54
Peter Beard and Cheryl Tiegs dancing at Studio 54, 1978
Peter Beard and Cheryl Tiegs dancing at Studio 54, 1978
Pete Maravich, Rich Kelley and Aaron James at Studio 54, 1977
Pete Maravich, Rich Kelley and Aaron James at Studio 54, 1977
John Kennedy Jr. dancing at Studio 54, 1977
John Kennedy Jr. dancing at Studio 54, 1977
Margaret Trudeau and Steve Rubell by Robin Platzer at Studio 54
Margaret Trudeau and Steve Rubell by Robin Platzer at Studio 54
Michael Jackson, Liza Minnelli and Steve Rubell by Jay Good at Studio 54
Michael Jackson, Liza Minnelli and Steve Rubell by Jay Good at Studio 54
Liza Minnelli and Steve Rubell by Sal Appedisani at Studio 54, 1977
Liza Minnelli and Steve Rubell by Sal Appedisani at Studio 54, 1977
Michael Jackson, Liza Minnelli, and Steve Rubell by (Jay Good at Studio 54
Michael Jackson, Liza Minnelli, and Steve Rubell by (Jay Good at Studio 54
Studio 54 by Tod Papageorge, New York, 1978–80
Studio 54 by Tod Papageorge, New York, 1978–80
Peter Beard and Steve Rubell by Danny Lee at Studio 54, 1978
Peter Beard and Steve Rubell by Danny Lee at Studio 54, 1978
Peter Weller, Steve Rubell, Ali McGraw and Ryan O'Neal by Robin Platzer at Studio 54, 1978
Peter Weller, Steve Rubell, Ali McGraw and Ryan O'Neal by Robin Platzer at Studio 54, 1978
Salvador Dali and model Apollonia by Douglas Vann at Studio 54
Salvador Dali and model Apollonia by Douglas Vann at Studio 54
Reggie Jackson at Studio 54, 1977
Reggie Jackson at Studio 54, 1977
Richard Chamberlain at Studio 54, 1978
Richard Chamberlain at Studio 54, 1978
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