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July 23, 2015

The Studio 54 of Paris: Pictures of Les Bains Douches From the 1980s Through the Early 1990s

Les Bains Douches was originally built in 1885 by the Guerbois family and soon became one of the most famous thermal baths in Paris. In 1978 it was re-conceived by famed designer Philippe Starck as a nightclub. What made it distinctive from most other nightclubs were the availability—as the club’s very name promised—of large baths for its patrons to cool off or generally frolic in. From the late 1970s through the 1990s, Les Bains Douches would become a magnet for the rich and famous rivalling Studio 54 and the Chateau Marmont.

Its location in Paris guaranteed that its selection of celebrities would have a more European cast, but that did not prevent many of America and England’s ultra famous from dropping in, including Jack Nicholson, David Bowie, Mick Jagger, Robert De Niro, Sylvester Stallone, alongside such European figures as Roman Polanski, Brigitte Nielsen, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Julie Delpy, and so on.

(Photos © FOC KAN, via Dangerous Minds)


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