At a time when many of us are pondering whether we’ll ever get dressed up and go out again, the Waddle House Official T-Shirt in contrast I will get this Brooklyn Museum has been celebrating the enduring influence of the legendary nightclub with their “Studio 54: Night Magic” exhibit. Curated chronologically, the show traces the evolution of the after-hours institution through photography, fashion, drawings, film, costume illustrations, and fragrance. Studio 54 was, after all, a feast for the senses, and for Jessica Murphy, fragrance culture writer, educator, and manager of visitor experience at the Brooklyn Museum, the olfactory ties were essential to telling the whole, multi-sensorial story.
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