The legacy of designer Halston — which Netflix’s miniseries Halston explores from starting to finish — is so intertwined with Studio 54 that after all there can be a complete episode devoted to the membership’s notorious debauchery. In episode 4, titled “The Occasion’s Over,” we get a glimpse of among the wilder facets of Studio 54’s heyday, together with the costume code (which typically included no clothes in any respect), the intercourse balcony, the rampant use of cocaine, and the lengths to which individuals would go to get in.
In the beginning of the episode, we’re launched to an unnamed girl, who’s repeatedly rejected from the doorway into Studio 54 till she finds an open aspect door. From there, she manages to sneak into an air duct solely to get caught, with Halston later studying that not solely was Studio 54 raided and closed, that cops discovered her physique carrying Calvin Klein. Nonetheless, was this occasion made up particularly for the present or is it based mostly on one thing that occurred at Studio 54? If you happen to guessed it was fictional, you would be incorrect. Though adjustments had been made to suit the present, just like the darkish humor surrounding the publicity that comes with the physique being present in Calvin Klein versus Halston, somebody did die making an attempt to get into Studio 54.
“We’d have this case the place individuals would climb down from the constructing subsequent door in full mountain-climbing gear with ropes tied round their shoulders,” Studio 54 promoter Baird Jones shared with author Anthony Haden-Guest for The Final Occasion: Studio 54, Disco, and the Tradition of the Night time. “They had been making an attempt to get into the courtyard . . . They’d tangle within the barbed wire and fall to the cement pavement which was 10 toes beneath. I keep in mind the place this man had actually screwed himself up and so they acquired a stretcher. You may see him, making an attempt to scope out the within of the membership. Attempting to see it. Desperately!” Whereas that man survived, one other wasn’t so fortunate. “This man acquired caught within the vent making an attempt to get in. It smelled like a cat had died,” Jones added of the potential partygoer whose physique was found in black-tie apparel.