Thierry Mugler: Famous French Fashion designer dies at 73

Thierry Mugler

Thierry Mugler, a well-known name in the fashion world who has designed clothes for many celebrities has passed away on January 23, 2022. The French designer who was most renowned for the 1980s’ powerful-shouldered, cinch-waisted designs, died due to “natural causes,” according to his representative.

Mugler’s bold collections – presented at highly stylised, themed runway shows – were at the forefront of the structured, decadent style that became known as “power dressing.”  Over the course of several decades, he defined haute couture by clothing Diana Ross and Beyonce at galas, red carpets, and runways.

The official social media pages of the fashion designer gave the news of his death to the public.

“We are sorry to announce Mr Manfred Thierry Mugler’s death on Sunday January 23rd 2022,” the designer’s official Facebook page wrote.

Mugler was known was his eccentric sense of couture

His creations were not afraid to be bizarre, resembling robotic outfits with projecting cone forms at times. Mugler also had a successful perfume brand that he began in the 1990s.

Mugler departed from the label that carried his name in 2002, yet he continued to design clothing. In the late 2000s, he was the man behind Beyoncé’s science fiction-inspired Sasha Fierce appearance. He’s also worked on Lady Gaga and Cardi B’s outfits. Kim Kardashian’s Met Gala outfit, a latex dress cascading with diamonds, was made by him in 2019.

Mugler and his fashion expedition

He was born in Strasbourg in December 1948 and moved to Paris at the age of 20. In 1973, he founded his own label, “Cafe de Paris,” a year before launching Thierry Mugler.

For the designer, the LGBTQ community was a constant source of skill and inspiration. Mugler began casting trans models in his runway shows in the 1980s, and he regularly collaborated on and off the catwalk with drag artists and club kids, like corset maker Mr Pearl.

Thierry Mugler

Because of his breakthrough perfume Angel, the Mugler brand was linked with scent rather than fashion by the late 1990s. Clarins bought the rights to his brand in 1997, and his scent and its offshoots have been popular ever since.

Mugler’s fashion branch was shut down in 2002, but the brand was resurrected in 2010 under the creative supervision of Nicola Formichetti and afterwards Casey Cadwallader.

Mugler has been chastised for his use of corsetry and exaggerated attitude to the feminine form, but the designer was no less excessive with his own figure. The generally secretive designer participated in a nude photoshoot with Interview Magazine in 2019, where he highlighted his rigorous body-building regimen and cosmetic surgery. “I believe it is critical for individuals to be fully aware of themselves,” he said.

He added, “I’ve always been interested in the human body and wanted to pay honour to what it can achieve.”

Thierry Mugler: Couturissime, a significant retrospective exhibition on the designer, was launched in Montreal in 2019 before moving to Paris in 2021.

According to his representative, Jean-Baptiste Rougeot, the designer was set to reveal new partnerships early this week.