DEATH – The great French couturier Thierry Mugler died this Sunday, January 23, 2022, it was announced in a press release on Instagram and Facebook.
“We have the immense sadness to inform you of the death of Mr. Manfred Thierry Mugler which occurred on Sunday January 23, 2022. May his soul rest in peace”, can we read in the caption of a black square published in the evening on the account official from the world famous designer.
Born in Strasbourg in 1948, the couturier created his first “Café de Paris” collection in 1973. The following year, he created his own brand in his own name and opened his first boutique in Paris, place des Victoires, in 1978.
His style is quickly identifiable: he adopts hyper-femininity -sometimes criticized- and refined silhouettes for some and declines his vision of modernity for men a little later.
Her fame exploded in the 1990s, particularly with her first haute couture show at the Ritz in Paris. Mugler makes his parades real shows that bring, with other designers, a new dimension to fashion.
Requested by a star audience, the couturier decided to concentrate on the artistic direction of perfumes in 1992 and launched “Angel”, whose olfactory notes like the bottle would make it a classic.
Mugler8, then separated from the seam. In 1997, the Thierry Mugler house was bought by the Clarins9 group. After losses of several million euros, Clarins closed the “couture” part of the brand in 200310,11. Other designers will thus work for the brand’s ready-to-wear collections and accessories.
In 2019, after 20 years without having created a new piece12, he designed the dress worn by Kim Kardashian at the Met Gala, influenced by archive pieces echoing the Mugler retrospective at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts13.
Thierry Mugler moved away from the world of fashion in 2002, leaving the ready-to-wear of his brand8, to invest in the fields that he had always linked to his work as a stylist and couturier: photography, creation of show costumes, staging3,14. However, he remained involved until 2013 in the creation of perfumes, the design of bottles and the visuals of the brand’s perfumes as artistic director of Thierry Mugler Parfums8.
He lives between Paris and New York, the city of which he declared in 2007 “now my heart is there, in this megalopolis clinging to a flint rock on the edge of the Atlantic. I like the vertical geography, the telluric force. And the offshore wind. 3 In addition to his abundant activities and projects, he remains faithful to his taste for discipline and maintenance of his body3:
“I had several fairly serious accidents from which I came out of all harm and my spine was abused. By dint of exercises, I managed to have no after-effects. Since then, it’s vital, I talk. Yoga, stretching, meditation: it produces lots of endorphins! I follow an ultra-strict sports diet, consisting of seven small meals a day, without salt, alcohol, fats or fast sugars. Difficult ? Yes, but let’s say that I like extremes! For me, happiness is in discipline. »
Indomitable, he never allowed himself to be imprisoned in the status of great couturier and notably refuses retrospectives of his creations in prestigious museums. The happening is the only setting he envisages for their exhibition3.
Since 2013, he has been producing shows under the name of “Manfred Thierry Mugler” revisiting the genre of the music-hall revue: “Mugler Follies” in Paris15,16,17 and “The Wyld” in Berlin, Germany, in the prestigious Friedrichstadt-Palast 18,19,20.
This reconversion was accompanied by a physical and mental transfiguration: bodybuilding, yoga, meditation, plastic surgery and implants that make him unrecognizable, give him wide cheekbones, a prominent chin, a broken nose that is crushed and flattened lion and monstrous lips making him look like Mickey Rourke or Jocelyn Wildenstein21,22.
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