Upcoming Class: Perfume at Studio 54

I’ll be giving a “show and smell” presentation titled “Making Scents of Studio 54,” about perfume in the disco era, online via the Brooklyn Museum on October 7, 2020. (I’m very excited to be doing this talk as part of my “real” job!)

For more information and registration, please see here. Feel free to share this information with a friend who might be interested…!*

*Unless you and/or they work in the fragrance industry, in which case I hope you’ll contact me to arrange a private group session for an appropriate fee, rather than hijacking multiple slots in an event intended for members of the public. That’s happened a few times before and it’s really not ideal for you or me or the rest of the group.

First image: Halston advertisement, 1979, featuring Pat Cleveland and Sterling St. Jacques. Second image: Halston, Loulou de la Falaise, Potassa, Yves St Laurent, and Nan Kempner at Studio 54 in 1978. Photograph: Sonia Moskowitz/Getty Images.


  1. I am very interested in 1970’s perfumes, so I signed up right away! The second picture with Halston holding up his glass gave me pause – did you pick that because of how it looks like he’s doing a “selfie?” Looking forward to this talk.


    • Oh good, I’m glad you nabbed a spot! We’re keeping it small and intimate. 🙂 I liked that photo for its “cast of characters” and the sense of liveliness that Halston’s gesture gives it — and you’re right, he’s probably trying to get someone’s attention but it does look like he’s taking a selfie! hah.


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