In Part two of this interview with Carmen D’Alessio – the New York nightlife legend, impresario and co-founder of what is often referred to as the greatest club of all time; Studio 54, we explore the untold story of the nightclub’s formation.
Check Part One to hear her backstory.
We start the interview with Carmen recounting her second marriage and leaving Italy and working for Valentino in Rome to return to NYC to build her ‘Queen of the Night’ reputation.
If you’ve seen the 2018 Netflix documentary on the infamous nightclub you’ll hear the other side of the founder’s story on how the sensational nightclub came into existence.
Carmen also recounts her memories of those unparalleled 33 months of hedonism, having her mother around her and how the era ended and the world changed
We also cover how she’s continued to reinvent herself and nightlife experiences around the world
Finally, we cover her quick-fire questions and answers
I hope you enjoy the wit, wisdom, and wonder of Carmen D’Alessio.
What we discuss:
How she moved into fashion
Beginning her career as a nightlife promoter
How a 1976 bicentennial party reported in the WSJ got her on the map
How she met Ian Schrager and Steve Rubell and her collaboration with their Enchanted Garden ended up in Time
How she was forced to invite them to collaborate when her Studio 54 backer dropped out
The evolution of their business arrangement and how that saved her from jail
How the day to day operation worked
Her superpower of connecting people
Spontaneity and living without consequences
How Aids changed everything
Building her list of 8000 names
How nightlife has evolved as she has aged
Staying young, her sense of adventure and freedom
Her mother’s lust for life
Acqua fit in her 70’s
The Gospel according to carmen
Her feeling of youthfulness
Establishing an environmental foundation
Her patience and faith
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