these rare photographs of 90s nyc nightlife will make you want to party

Beyond the Limelight is the new photography and fashion exhibition bringing nocturnal New York to life.

Dec 7 2015, 9:55am

Earlier this month, storied downtown hangout The Mudd Club hosted a reunion and rummage sale, where attendees could nab a slice of New York nightlife courtesy of Kim Gordon and Debbie Harry. But if you missed the chance to time travel through Lou Reed's trash and treasures, Beyond the Limelight -- a new exhibition chronicling nocturnal NYC in the 80s and 90s -- will transport you back to a long lost New York.

Opening today at Miami's Museum of Fashion, the exhibition pairs photographer Tina Paul's rarely-seen images of Amanda Lepore and vogueing legend Willi Ninja with some of museum founder Keni Valenti's favourite club-ready looks. "I have volumes and volumes of photos, but Keni narrowed it down to what inspired him and what designers he wanted to feature," Paul told the Miami New Times. Valenti included colourful creations by Jean Paul Gaultier, Thierry Mugler, Vivienne Westwood, Dolce & Gabbana and more.

If you're in Miami, you can check out all 50 of Paul's nightlife photos -- which also feature Keith Haring, Grace Jones, and a young Betsey Johnson spinning on the DJ decks -- until December 12. More information here


Text Emily Manning
Images courtesy Tina Paul and Third Dream Media