Thierry Mugler, Genre-Busting French Fashion Designer, Dies at 73

Thierry Mugler, the outrageous designer who dominated the European catwalks in the late 1980s and early 1990s, died on Sunday. He was 73 years old.

His death was announced on his brand’s official Instagram. “#RIP,” he said. “We are devastated to announce the death of Mr. Manfred Thierry Mugler on Sunday 23 January 2022. May his soul rest in peace.”

Reached Sunday evening, two of his closest friends confirmed his death but declined to be interviewed, both saying they were too upset. No cause of death was provided.

Mr. Mugler was one of the main architects of a late Eighties aesthetic that married S&M and high fashion. Her silhouette was a kind of reverse triangle with giant shoulders and a narrow waist. He loved latex, leather and curves.

His earliest muses included Grace Jones and Joey Arias. She had a longtime creative collaboration with David Bowie and even dressed him up for her wedding to Iman. His non-precious sensibility led him from couture to putting together a hugely successful Cirque Du Soleil show in Las Vegas. Long after entering a state of semi-retirement in the early 2000s, her perfume “Angel was a huge success.

Alexander McQueen’s elegant punk sensibility owes much to Mr. Mugler’s work. As well as Lady Gaga’s first look of “Bad Romance”.

Mr. Mugler was also known for dressing some of the biggest names in Hollywood and beyond, and he made something of a comeback in 2019 by dressing Kim Kardashian for the Met Gala. The “wet dress” that Mr. Mugler designed for Ms. Kardashian introduced him to millions of new fans.

Its current Creative Director Casey Cadwallader said, “Manfred, I am so honored to have known you and to work in your wonderful world. You have changed our perception of beauty, trust, representation and self-empowerment. Your legacy is something I carry with me in everything I do. Thank you.”

A complete obituary will appear shortly.

Christine Chung contributed reportage.

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