French Designer Thierry Mugler Dies at 73

Manfred Thierry Mugler has left us. He was 73 years old. Although he retired from fashion in 2002, the designer remained a unique driving force in the industry as his early designs were discovered, and then worn, by a new generation of powerful women. After seeing her work in the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Superheroes exhibit in 2008, Beyoncé immediately ordered her next stage outfits from the designer. More recently, the likes of Cardi B. and Kim Kardashian have taken to her incredible looks, with the latter notably sporting a bespoke “wet look” to the 2019 Met Gala.

Born in Strasbourg in 1948, Thierry Mugler studied at the School of Fine Arts and then danced with the opera. He arrived in Paris in 1966, where he worked for other designers as a photographer. In 1973, he presented his first creations and founded his eponymous label the following year. He quickly became known for the strength of his cuts as well as for his singular vision of fashion.

Strength and extravagance characterized the work of Thierry Mugler. With an Amazon woman as the ultimate muse, this one embodied confidence, but always with a sense of humor and seduction. Moreover, his creations were used in several Helmut Newton shoots for Vogue in the 1980s, and it is easy to note a certain synchronicity in their way of telling stories, of approaching sexuality and of constantly seeking fun through their art.

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