Who Was The Famous French Fashion Designer Thierry Mugler

French designer Thierry Mugler, who reigned over fashion in the 1980s, died Sunday at the age of 73 from "natural causes". But who was he?

"We are devastated to announce the passing of Mr. Manfred Thierry Mugler on Sunday, January 23rd, 2022. May his soul Rest In Peace," it was announced on the Muglers' official Facebook account.

According to Jean-Baptiste Rougeot, Thierry Mugler's death occurred unexpectedly. The French creator was working on several projects and he was to announce new collaborations these days.

Thierry Mugler - A Designer Loved By Stars. Who Was He?

Born in Strasbourg in December 1948, he arrived in Paris aged 20 and created his own label "Café de Paris" in 1973, a year before founding Thierry Mugler.

Mugler was a pioneer in haute couture, known for his boundary-pushing designs. Famous for his creations that exacerbated the woman silhouette - broad shoulders and a cinched waist, he dressed stars like Madonna, Linda Evangelista, and Zendaya. He created Beyoncé’s science fiction-inflected Sasha Fierce looks in the late 2000s. He also created outfits for Lady Gaga and Cardi B.

In 2019, Thierry Mugler dressed Kim Kardashian for Met Gala in a stupendous latex dress dripping in crystals.

Thierry Mugler - A Showman

With a natural inclination towards directing, Thierry Mugler, a former ballet dancer, organized spectacular shows to present his designs.

"I’ve always believed that fashion alone is not enough and that it needs to be presented in a musical and theatrical setting. Dancing taught me a lot about posture, the organization of clothes, the importance of the shoulders, the posture of the head, the play, and the rhythm of the legs," said Thierry Mugler.

"Today’s catwalks are a continuation of what Mugler invented. The collections were a pretext for fashion shows," said Didier Grumbach, former CEO of Thierry Mugler.

Mugler had the show in his blood. In 1984, on the tenth anniversary of his house, he organized the first public fashion show in Europe, in the Zenith de Paris, in front of 6000 people, like a rock concert. Tickets were sold for 178 francs (27 euros) each.

The parade, under the sign of mysticism, took place on a podium of 35 meters. He controlled everything from the accessories to the soundtrack. "My scale is excess," he said.

He also launched himself in the world of perfumery. His famous perfume "Angel" enjoyed great success. Launched in 1992, in collaboration with Clarins, "Angel" competed for first place in the legendary No5 of Chanel.

In 2013 he created musical performances in Paris and Berlin. With "Mugler Follies" he intended to shake up the art of magazine shows.

In September, an exhibition was dedicated to him at the Museum of Decorative Arts in Paris entitled "Thierry Mugler, Couturissime". The exhibition showcased "the fascinating universe" Mugler created with his work in the fashion industry, the entertainment industry, and beyond.

Thierry Mugler officially stopped designing clothing in 2002 when Clarins shuttered his ready-to-wear brand, but superstars such as Lady Gaga, Beyoncé, Cardi B, and Kim Kardashian keep wearing his designs to important events.

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