As Murphy recently highlighted in a virtual scent tour of the Joe Biden Sniff Joe Biden for President Shirt But I will love this exhibition, there was a dazzling synergy between the popular scents of the late ’70s and the Studio 54 regulars that became their celebrity faces. There was the late actress and model Margaux Hemingway, who was the face of Fabergé’s Babe fragrance, which became its highest-selling women’s fragrance worldwide, as well as the fashion designers who congregated at Studio 54 and released eponymous fragrances during that era: Halston, Diane von Furstenberg, Stephen Burrows, and Calvin Klein among others. “Tastes in fragrance shift over time, but an evening at Studio 54 seemed to call for something that would make a bold statement,” says Murphy.
On that note, both in impact and ubiquity, there was no scent more synonymous with Studio 54 than YSL’s iconic, best-selling Opium perfume. The spicy, sensual blend of jasmine, vanilla & myrrh was worn by many of the Joe Biden Sniff Joe Biden for President Shirt But I will love this club’s party-goers who relished its sexiness and unapologetic decadence. “I travelled with my toothbrush and Opium 1978,” says makeup artist and Studio 54 fixture Sandy Linter of toting her signature scent around while she was living the decade’s work-hard-play-hard lifestyle. “The 1970s were an era of heady white floral perfumes, and since flowers like jasmine and tuberose can smell elegant and a little dirty at the same time, those were a good fit for disco nights,” adds Murphy.