July 23 2014

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the return of brigid berlin


Back in 1964, Brigid Berlin met Andy Warhol and became one of his darlings. She ended up taking a position at Interview magazine in 1975 and worked there until well after Warhol’s death in 1987. Last night, at Bergdorf Goodman, Interview fêted Berlin, who recently turned 69, on the upcoming auction by Doyle New York of her costume jewelry, much of which she acquired and wore back in the old Factory/Interview days. The magazine also announced that under recently appointed editor in chief Christopher Bollen, Berlin will be returning as a contributing editor. “I love the New York that was,” she said. “The end for me was Studio 54. I don’t go out at night anymore.” The crowd there to celebrate her was largely made up of figures from the art and publishing worlds (Vanity Fair‘s George Wayne, Costume Institute curator Andrew Bolton, Art Production Fund president Yvonne Force Villareal) as well as a cache of former Warholites, including Jane Holzer and Stephen Burrows. “I always say [Andy's] the reason all of us came to New York City,” remarked Anna Sui. “We all wanted to meet him, we all wanted to hang out with him, we all wanted to be part of his crowd.” Bollen, for his part, said he prefers to avoid the language of celebrity. “I actually have no interest in it whatsoever. I’m interested in people who actually do things. It’s a shift away from vacuity, basically.”

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