An iconic fashion designer and photographer, known to the world as Thierry Mugler, has died.
His representative released a statement saying,
“We are devastated to announce the passing of Mr Manfred Thierry Mugler on Sunday January 23, 2022.
May his soul Rest In Peace.”
Born in 1948 in Strasbourg, France, Mugler later said that he
dreamed of creating another world, to my scale. One that was my own.”
During the 80s and 90s, Mugler became an internationally recognized designer along with contemporaries like Claude Montana and Azzedine Alaïa known especially for his shapely suits and radical silhouettes.
Clarins has held the rights to his name Thierry Mugler since 1997, and it shuttered the ready-to-wear component of Mugler’s brand in 2003, due to financial losses
Mugler published his first photography book in 1988, Thierry Mugler: Photographer, followed by a monograph in 1999 entitled, Fashion Fetish Fantasy which assembles photos of his creations.
Mugler left fashion in 2002 and when asked about the subject he has said:
“Fashion is beautiful, 3-D art on a human being. But it wasn’t enough, which is why I went on to create in other ways. For me, it wasn’t the right tool anymore. But perfume still interests me”.
Mugler collaborated with the Cirque du Soleil and in 2008 the Mugler brand launched Thierry Mugler Beauty, a high-end line of cosmetics.
An April 2010 The New York Times story wrote about Mugler’s cosmetic transformation.
“[Mugler has] taken to calling himself Manfred and transformed his body…into what is apparently a 240-pound spectacle of muscle and nipple and tattoo…”
Despite retiring from his brand in 2003, he made the exception to design under his name House of Mugler for the Met Gala in 2019, and for his friend, Kim Kardashian.
Thierry Mugler was 73.
Legendary fashion designer Manfred Thierry Mugler has passed away at 73. Our deepest condolences go out to his family and friends during this time. 🖤 pic.twitter.com/KFbrgu41mT— MEFeater Magazine (@mefeater) January 23, 2022