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It takes a great leap of the imag­i­na­tion to rein­ter­pret and re­vive looks from the past, es­pe­cially when ex­per­i­men­ta­tion is the hall­mark of the time. We asked Os­car-nom­i­nated cos­tume de­signer Michael Wilkin­son about the looks he cre­ated for the Stu­dio 54 scenes in the film Amer­i­can Hus­tle and for Party Mon­ster, the cult movie about the no­to­ri­ous “club kid” Michael Alig. (Alig mur­dered his friend and drug dealer in what is claimed to have been a drug­fu­elled frenzy.)

peo­ple lived large,

took risks and didn’t give a damn. At Stu­dio 54, down­town min­gled with up­town,

and busi­ness ty­coons danced with graf­fiti artists,”

says Wilkin­son. “So I cre­ated char­ac­ters in de­signer suits, kids in tube socks and scoop shorts, mod­els in out­fits made of panty­hose and heiresses in haute cou­ture—all bathed in a layer of sweat

and glit­ter.”

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