Behind the scenes at Grazia’s extravagant Studio 54 shoot!

09 February 2011

Have you got your Grazia? Your copy of this week's issue that is. What with all of the AMAZOID retro-glamoroso S/S ’11 looks from Marc Jacobs, Yves Saint Laurent, Louis Vuitton, Miu Miu and Gucci spelling out the letters D.I.S.C and of course O, so dazzlingly, the Grazia fashion department set about organising the mother of a Seventies disco shoot to showcase the lot!


Instead of a normal studio, we hired out chi-chi bar in New York AND we filled it with real life disco legends to teach our girls how to REALLY party in ‘70s style. Meet Anna Cleveland, daughter of Seventies icon, and Yves Saint Laurent's-muse-turned-Tom-Ford's-catwalk-model Pat Cleveland. Here she is with Jordan Fox, who is a fabulous "Androgyne" workin’ that satin one-piece like no one else could!

The real life Studio 54 is now part of nightclubbing legend, patronised as it was by Andy Warhol, Liza Minelli, Calvin Klein, Roy Halston Frowick (better known as the designer Halston), Bianca Jagger, Marie Helvin and anyone who was anyone in New York in the naughty Seventies.  

Patrick Duffy, the marvellous host of the party at B.E.S, 559 West 22nd St in New York is the dark haired chap dancing behind one of our lovely models, Ubah who is wearing those slinky shorts and cape by Richard Nicoll.

Over the years since the doors finally closed and the mirrorballs were put into storage, a multitude of books, films and fashion collections have all been inspired by the decadent venue. Ever seen Studio 54 or The Last days of Disco?

Anthony Haden Guest, seen here holding the mirror ball, is an author, cartoonist and cultural conduit who wrote the definitive book on STUDIO 54 called 'THE LAST PARTY'. Back in the day he was such a legend on the party circuit, that Tom Wolfe even created a hard-drinking journalist character based on him in his hefty social satire, The Bonfire of the Vanities.  

Are you familiar with the work of Princess Xtravaganza? She’s a famous drag persona. Doesn’t her afro set off our model’s Louis Vuitton gown to perfection? 

And here is Pat Cleveland, rocking out with our performers AND her daughter Anna. Why didn't WE get to NY to help drink cocktails and shimmy around? Jeals, much?

 - Naomi Attwood 


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