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5 Rules for Getting Into Studio 54: All Hail Halston and More

From Halston to helicopters, here are Andy’s guidelines for entrance, straight from his book, Andy Warhol’s Exposures. Warhol, who famously said Studio 54 was more high school than pagan Rome, knew the rules of the scene. “Every time I go to Studio 54 I’m afraid I won’t get in—maybe there will be somebody new at the door who won’t recognize me.” Even Warhol, in spite of his superstar status, had doubts about getting in the door. Perhaps that is why he created these five rules for entry.

Rule #1: Always go with Halston or in Halston.

Rule #2: Get there very early or very late.

Rule #3: Arrive in a limo or a helicopter. One night Victor Hugo arrived in an ambulance and got right in. He jumped up off his stretcher and started dancing.

Rule #4: Don’t wear anything polyester, not even your underwear.

Rule #5: Don’t mention my name.

LOT 117 ANDY WARHOL (1928-1987) Halston unique gelatin silver print 10 x 8 in. (25.4 x 20.3 cm.) Executed in 1980. $4,000–6,000 © The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc.

LOT 117
ANDY WARHOL (1928-1987)
Halston dated ‘Nov 1980’ (on the reverse) unique gelatin silver print
10 x 8 in. (25.4 x 20.3 cm.)
Executed in 1980.

 

 

 

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