For its 50th anniversary issue, Interview had “fashion royalty” Michael Kors and former Vogue editor Andre Leon Talley
“reminisce about their wild nights at Studio 54, the inspiration for Kors’ latest collection.”
“Everyone was having sex in the balcony. The most shocking thing, when you think about it, is that… A lot of people were so high on quaaludes that you would see them fall down the stairs and go directly onto the dance floor, and not even consider that they had just fallen down two flights of steps. People were rubber.”
But when Interview promoted the story on Instagram this week, Schrager posted a comment,
“I don’t believe Michael Kors was ever at Studio 54. I certainly don’t remember him as he made no impression.
This is nothing more than an obvious exploitation by a garment center person to sell some clothes that has nothing to do with Studio or what it was about.”
Schrager co-founded the club with Steve Rubell and participated in a revealing documentary, Studio 54, last year. Screager no longer owns the brand as MGM acquired the Studio 54 name and trademark in the US in 1997 to launch a Las Vegas version of the club. Michael Kors made a deal to license the name and logo with MGM Resorts International and licensing company Venturesome.
Kors says in the interview,
“Instead of going to my high school prom, I went to Studio 54. When I walked in, I thought, ‘I’m Dorothy and this is Oz.’ I always loved the logo. I have the invitation from opening night.”
Kors says he never met Schrager — he was a high school and college kid at the time. The designer told the New York Post,
“I started going to Studio 54 during the summer of 1977 as a suburban Long Island kid and continued to go when I moved into Manhattan late that summer as a student at FIT. My friends and I were young students, not celebrities. We were never in a VIP room and did not meet Ian or Steve. From my experience, the most amazing thing about Studio 54 was the mix of people, from struggling students out to have a great time to the rich and famous. My collection celebrates that magical moment that I have so many fabulous memories of.”
Your serve, Ian.
(Photos, Avalon, screen grab; via NY Post)