French fashion designer Thierry Mugler died on Sunday, January 23 at the age of 73, according to his agent. Regarding the cause of death, the agent said he was dying.
Thierry Mugler was one of the most influential designers in the international fashion world in the 1980s, and his bold work defined the power dressing of the time, known for its clear structure and exaggerated silhouettes.
Thierry Mugler’s official Facebook account reads: “It is with sadness that we announce that Manfred Thierry Mugler passed away on Sunday 23rd January 2022. May his soul rest in peace.”
His agent, Jean-Baptiste Rougeot, told AFP that the designer had intended to announce multiple new collaborations earlier this week.
The eponymous brand also posted an obituary on Instagram, describing its founder as “a visionary whose imagination brought boldness and dreams to people around the world as a couture designer, perfumer and image creator. the power of.”
Above: Cardi B in Thierry Mugler at the 61st Grammy Awards 2019
Thierry Mugler was born in Strasbourg, France in December 1948 and came to Paris at the age of 20. In 1973, he created the label Cafe de Paris, and a year later he founded the eponymous label Thierry Mugler.
His aesthetic is inspired by 1940s science fiction, and he often combines classic structures with exaggerated, surreal silhouettes. From Lady Gaga’s metallic robot bodysuits to gowns for Beyonce, his work is always dramatic and elegant.
He designed a famous black maxi dress for Demi Moore’s 1993 film “Indecent Proposal”, in fact, without exaggerated silhouettes and colors, he can also create classic, timeless pieces.
Above: Demi Moore’s 1993 film “Indecent Proposal”
Thierry Mugler is also a preeminent perfumer who, in 1992, launched the acclaimed “Angel” fragrance, forging a close link between haute couture and fragrance.
Thierry Mugler is also very successful in curating, always planning grand public displays of his work.
By around 2000, Thierry Mugler’s ready-to-wear pieces were no longer commercially popular, and he left the fashion industry to pursue other artistic projects.
In recent years, Thierry Mugler’s designs in the 1990s have begun to be sought after by the public, and many fashion celebrities have looked for retro inspiration from his about 7,000 works. His boldly tailored gowns fit today’s red carpet aesthetic, and he returned in 2019 to style Kim Kardashian’s Met Gala runway. Singer Cardi B’s look at the 2019 Grammys was inspired by Thierry Mugler’s 1995 design.
In 2019, Thierry Mugler cooperated with the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts to open the “Thierry Mugler, Couturissime” exhibition. It is currently on tour at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris.