French designer Thierry Mugler, fashion icon, dies at 73

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French fashion designer Thierry Mugler, whose extravagant creations transformed haute couture, died on Sunday at the age of 73, according to a message posted on his official Instagram account.

“We are devastated to announce the death of Manfred Thierry Mugler on Sunday, January 23, 2022,” the post read. “May his soul rest in peace.”

The designer’s brand, Mugler, also confirmed the news via an Instagram post, describing its founder as “a visionary whose imagination as a couturier, perfumer and image maker has empowered people around the world to be bolder and dream bigger than ever.” each day”.

Born in Strasbourg, France, in 1948, Mugler worked as a freelance designer in Paris before launching his brand in 1974. In the 1980s, he established himself as a leading figure in international fashion, with his structural, broad-shouldered designs symbolizing – – and helping to shape – the flamboyant style of the decade.

After entering the world of haute couture, Mugler’s shows and seasonal collections became even more theatrical. Reimagining fashion as a spectacle (often with the help of supermodels, including Kate Moss and Naomi Campbell), her aesthetic was as inspired by science fiction as it was 1940s glamour, often merging classic builds with exaggerated, even surreal silhouettes.

From metallic robot bodysuits (one of which was worn by Lady Gaga in her 2009 “Paparazzi” music video) to fish and mermaid-inspired underwater-themed designs, her work has always maintained a sense of elegance amidst the drama.

The famous floor-length black dress he designed for Demi Moore’s character in the 1993 film “Indecent Proposal” proved, if evidence were needed, that he didn’t need bold shapes and colors to create something iconic.

Also a prominent perfumer, Mugler launched his wildly popular perfume “Angel” in 1992, helping to forge a now-established link between luxury fashion and fragrance. But despite the perfume’s success, Mugler’s ready-to-wear creations became less commercially viable in the early 2000s, and the designer left the industry to pursue other creative projects.

The influence of his designs has endured – and his 1990s collections have had a remarkable revival in recent years, with celebrities regularly turning to his 7,000-item archive for vintage statements.

From Cardi B attending the Grammys in a 1995 Mugler design to the edgy dress worn by Kim Kardashian to the Annual Hollywood Beauty Awards in 2019, Mugler’s aesthetic has proven to be perfectly suited to today’s over-the-top red carpet aesthetic.

The designer eventually agreed to work with the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts on the “Thierry Mugler, Couturissime” exhibition, which opened in 2019 and is currently on display at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris.

Reference: CNN Brasil

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