In less than 10 days, the fashion industry said goodbye to two of its biggest designers. When the Italian pioneer of man-making, Nino Cerruti, left a few days ago, the industry regrets the loss of Thierry Mugler, the French creator who revolutionized the fashion of the 80’s, unique in its architectural style, futuristic and unrepeatable, very sought after among the big names in the music worldlike Michael Jackson George Michael, Beyoncé The lady Gaga, creator of the changing rooms of the Cirque du Soleil, and the famous perfume ‘Angel’, a ‘hit’ that came to compete for first place with Chanel No.
Mugler died at the age of 73 “of natural causes”, as announced by his press officer, Jean-Baptiste Rougeot.
“We are extremely sad to inform you of the death of Mr. Manfred Thierry Mugler on Sunday, January 23, 2022, ”reads the press release posted on the creator’s official Facebook account. “May his soul rest in peace,” he prayed.
According to Rougeot, Mugler’s death came unexpectedly. The great couturier still had projects and will announce new collaborations earlier this week, he explained.
Born in Strasbourg in December 1948, few know that his first profession was a classical dancer. He was a member of the Opera du Rhin Ballet Company, before studying at the School of Decorative Arts. He worked as a freelance stylist and then at fashion houses in Paris, London and Milan, until he moved to Paris in 1968, and shortly afterwards, in 1973, he created his own brand, ‘Café de Paris’. Just a year later, he launched his company under his own name.
They structured and sophisticated silhouettes They quickly became established. your designs the female forms highlighted: stressed shoulders, small waist, rounded hips and wide necklines. His creations were theatrical, and he stood out for his robot tapes and his risky dresses, which apparently recreated a style of science fiction.
“Dance taught me a lot about posture, the organization of clothes, the importance of the shoulders, the game and the rhythm of the legs,” the Mugler teacher once said.
In 1978 he opened his first store and shortly afterwards he took care of the uniforms of the Le Palace waiters, the club where Kenzo, Karl Lagerfeld Y Grace Jones They had wonderful evenings.
ode to shoulder pads
Like Claude Montana, Mugler has the shoulder pads one of its distinguishing features, for to him they symbolized a new type of woman, strong and superhuman. To him we owe the very tight jackets and corsets with vinyl, metal and latex that women did not make sexual objects, but “sexual subjects”, as defined by the feminist Linda Nochlin.
He also plays an important role in the wardrobe of stars such as Michael Jackson, George Michael, Madonna and Lady Gaga, and helped advance the careers of ‘top models’ in the 90’s as Naomi Campbell, Claudia Schiffer or Linda Evangelista.
The launch in 1992 of his company’s first perfume, ‘Angel’, in collaboration with Clarins, was an immediate success and took first place in sales with the classic Chanel No. 5 betwis.
In the early 2000s he designed the changing rooms for ‘Zumanity’ by Cirque du Soleil, inspired by the club environment and the fantasy of body language and seduction.
One step back
After rejecting offers such as directing the Maison Dior, Mugler decided in 2003 to retire from operating its own brand., now in the hands of the L’Oréal group. In those years he moved away from fashion, but he continued to maintain his influence in the sector, with works as outstanding as the one he had for the world tour of Beyoncé ‘I am…’.
The death of the creator comes in full Paris Fashion Week, between the end of the men’s fashion shows and the beginning of this Monday’s Haute Couture shows.
He has been paid tribute to him since last September ‘Thierry Mugler: Couturissime’, at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris, after going through the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts in 2019, and then stopping in Rotterdam and Munich.