From his early years as a dancer, to the inspiration that artform provided in designing the first outfits of what would become his signature silhouette -- all sexy, bondage and powerful -- Thierry Mugler changed the world. The fashion world that is, but also a little bit the way women behaved and men appreciated them.
Mugler launched his eponymous fashion house in 1973 in Paris, and over the years, his brand became synonymous with a bold, rebellious style, featuring dramatic pieces that referenced everything from fine art and theater to architecture and androids. His first perfume Angel, released in 1992, was described as an olfactory shock, mixing fragrance with notes of gourmand. It has since become a worldwide bestseller and spawned a few different versions.
Mugler famously collaborated with David Bowie, who in 1979 wore a mermaid dress by the designer in his Boys Keep Swinging video. Many more music collaborations would naturally follow, as well as Mugler's work in theatre, which included costumes for a production of Macbeth in 1985.
But he is best known to younger audiences for his longstanding collaboration with Kim Kardashian and his outfits for the TV personality have included her 2019 Met Gala "slathered on" nude, crystal embellished gown, which looked as if caramel had been dripped all over her, and an entire photoshoot for Vogue Arabia in their September 2019 issue.
Thierry Mugler passed away on January 23rd, at the age of 73, of undisclosed causes.