Disco clubs were all the rage throughout the 1970s and while all of them boasted similar music and decor only a few clubs became iconic and none were as legendary as New York’s Studio 54. The club scene offered a safe haven of acceptance and excitement to those a little on the weird side. People of various professions and social classes could all let loose together and forget the expectations of the world outside.
Left: Actor and singer Grace Jones gives a big smile to the camera while partying at Studio 54 in New York City, 1978. Right: Metallic-painted dancers at a disco club perform on stage in New York City, 1978.
A group of people get down on a mirrored dance floor, circa 1978.
Divine, Grace Jones, and friends celebrate Jones’ birthday at Xenon, 1978.
A man and woman take center stage on the dance floor at the disco club 2001 Odyssey in Brooklyn, New York, in 1979.
Left: A man blowing a whistle in a sparkling purple outfit dances at Studio 54, 1979. Right: A woman dances amid other partygoers at Studio 54, 1977.
Left: A couple wearing matching high socks dance at the disco club Xenon in New York City, 1978. Right: A woman wipes the sweat from her face at Studio 54, 1977.
Couple bring their dancing to the floor of the disco club FunHouse in New York City, 1978.
A man performs with fire at the disco club Infinity in New York City, 1979.
Left: A couple dance at Studio 54 in 1977. Right: People dances on couches at Xenon, 1978.
Left: A woman dances between two men at Studio 54, 1979. Right: A woman enters the dance floor at Studio 54, 1977.
Left: A disco DJ smokes a cigarette while spinning a record at a club in New York City, 1979. Right: A man in a leather thong and sparkling glitter dances at Electric Circus in New York City, 1979
A group of DJs spin records at a disco club in New York City, 1979.