Thierry Mugler - French Designer Who Dressed Kim Kardashian & Beyonce, Dead At 73.
Sad news had come from the world of fashion as it was announced that legendary French fashion designer Thierry Mugler, had passed away at the age of 73. The designer who started his career in his early 20s, and was known for the powerful-shouldered, cinch-waisted silhouettes that reigned over fashion in the 1980s, was a favorite of many stars such as David Bowie and is behind some of the most iconic red carpet looks. Just how did Mugler start his career? What were some of the most memorable looks of his career? And what was the cause of his death? Read on until the end to learn more about the life and career of Thierry Mugler.
mugler fall 1995 haute couture. this show was the 20th anniversary of the brand, and is dubbed as the "WOODSTOCK OF FASHION." 300 looks. 60 minutes. it wasn't a fashion show---it was a spectacle. nobody has ever done it like manfred thierry mugler. pic.twitter.com/gaEjsGBtLm— ???? (@2mayaz) January 23, 2022
Thierry Mugler Death
On Sunday night, a post went up on the official social media of the designer which read: “We are devastated to announce the passing of Mr. Manfred Thierry Mugler on Sunday, January 23rd, 2022. May his soul Rest In Peace.” The announcement was shocking to many as there was no previous news about the fashion legend being ill or suffering from any other alignments. While the official announcement had never revealed a cause of death, as per the BBC his agent had told AFP news agency that Mugler died of natural causes. While condolences have poured from many notable figures in the fashion industry, how did the designer achieve so much success? Read on to find out.
Thierry Mugler Career Beginnings
The designer was born Manfred Thierry Mugler in 1948 in Strasbourg, France. While growing up, he began nurturing his passion for the arts at the age of 9 as he began to study classical dance and at the age of 14 he became a dancer with the Ballet du Rhin. It was also around that same time that Mugler began interior design training at the Strasbourg School of Decorative Arts. In his early 20s when he moved to the French capital, Paris, where he worked for a Parisian boutique, Gudule. Aged 26, he became a freelance designer, creating designs for a variety of large ready-to-wear fashion houses around Europe. Then in 1973, he created his own label, ‘Cafe de Paris’. Speaking of his start as a designer with Women’s Wear Daily he said, “I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do, but fashion took off for me very quickly in Paris as soon as I showed my sketches.” And so, only a year later the brand known as Thierry Mugler was created.
Thierry Mugler’s Inspirations
With his designs, Thierry became known for his theatrical designs that over accentuated features such as hips and shoulders and which featured plunging necklines and constricted waists. One of his frequent sources of talent and inspiration was the LGBTQ community, and the designer was openly gay himself. Many had often praised Mugler for casting trans models in his runway shows as early as the 1980s and frequently collaborating with drag artists on and off the runway and one of his notable collaborators was corsetmaker, Mr. Pearl.
Thierry Mugler’s Celebrity Clients
Mugler’s bold designs and stylized, themed runway shows were at the forefront of the decadent style that came to be known as “power dressing”. They were also very much loved by many celebrities and Thierry’s designs were worn by the likes of George Michael, Sharon Stone, Cardi B, and Rihanna. Famously he had also designed Demi Moore’s famous black dress from the movie Indecent Proposal. One of the stars that he worked closely with was David Bowie. Their connection was so strong that the French fashion designer had even dressed the Space Oddity singer for his wedding to Iman.
This striking portrait of David Bowie in a bright green Thierry Mugler suit by photographer Brian Aris is now available to purchase. https://t.co/uyMfCkXRnm— Snap Galleries (@snapgalleries) April 10, 2019
Mugler Stepping Away From The Brand
The Thierry Mugler brand was prospering and by the late ’90s, its name began to be more associated with fragrances than fashion all thanks to their bestselling perfume Angel. When the rights to the designer’s name were acquired by cosmetics company Clarins in 1997 while their fashion division was shut in 2003 due to financial losses, the perfume Angle and later Alien, were still extremely profitable and which, according to the New York Times, together produce about $280 million in sales annually. When speaking about his decision to leave his brand the designer said, “Fashion is beautiful, 3-D art on a human being. But it wasn't enough, which is why I went on to create in other ways. For me, it wasn't the right tool anymore. But perfume still interests me.” However, he still continued to create new outfits. Which ones were some of his more popular ones? Read on to find out.
RIP Thierry Mugler, a man who changed perfumery. we wouldn't have gourmands if he hadn't taken a risk and released Angel in 1992. it the first of many trailblazing scents from the house, followed by Alien - simply the greatest designer jasmine perfume of all time. ❤️ pic.twitter.com/tHNDF1Pup3— miccaeli ✍️ (@renegadeapostle) January 24, 2022
Thierry Mugler & Kim Kardashian Met Gala
For a long time, the designer was said to have been a recluse, even more so after stepping away from his brand and focusing on his bodybuilding. Though he appeared to have retired from fashion in the early 2000s Thierry still chose to create one-off pieces for different stars. Notably, he was the creative advisor on Beyonce’s I AM…world tour in 2010. Another of his more famous looks was the famous “wet dress” that Kim Kardashian had worn to the 2019 Met Gala. According to the designer’s agent, prior to his passing Mugler was planning to announce new collaborations this week though it is not known at the moment whether those plans will go ahead as planned.
Condolences From The Stars
Many stars had taken to social media to pay their respects to the designer. One of the stars was Diana Ross who shared an image of herself with Thierry writing, “I will miss you Thierry Mugler this was a wonderful time in our lives”. Taking to her website, Beyonce paid tribute to the avant-garde designer by posting a collage of the singer wearing Mugler creations with a black-and-white photograph of him smiling. Taking to Instagram, Kourtney and Khloe Kardashian commented on the sad news with the oldest sister sharing a photograph of herself with her sisters and mother Kris all wearing black or white Mugler designs.
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