Thierry Mugler, Multi Talent

7 Jun

Thierry Mugler (born in 1948), French top designer, on August 26, 1976.

Thierry Mugler, born 1948 in Strasbourg, France, is more than a fashion designer, he is also a known photographer and had some early training as a ballet dancer. In 1970 he moved to Paris and worked as a window dresser, and designed clothes on the side. In 1973 he debuted his first collection, Cafe de Paris, and founded his own label for women two years later, and in 1978 he launched a collection for men.

Mugler, over the next two decades created a style that was very much of its time: it was strong, malicent and sometimes almost cruel. Shoulders were wide and padded; waists were wasp like. Prints were banished: Mugler”s clothes came in solid, dominating colors. Collars had exaggerated points, or flame like cutouts. The insect kingdom was a constant influence, as were the ladies and gentlemen of film noir. PVC was often used as his material for his runway pieces, used to create space and robot themes. 1984 marked the 10th anniversary of the creation of the house. The Fall/Winter of 1984 85 collection was presented in a mega show before 6,000 people at the Zenith in Paris. It was the first fashion show in France ever opened to the general public.

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1981 Thierry Mugler

Thierry Mugler

1988 The Los Angeles County Museum of Art

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1997 Mugler developed a partnership with the French cosmetics and skincare company Clarins, the most renowned Thierry Mugler fragrances being Angel, which became the most popular perfume in France. A Men, his first men”s fragrance was launched in 1997, and has also received much popularity. The Thierry Mugler company is now known best for its perfume division: the couture division was closed in 2003, and all Thierry Mugler ready to wear is now produced under license agreements, as is a line of eyewear. After seven years of fruitful partnership, confirmed in the success of the fragrances, the CLARINS group acquired a larger majority in Thierry Mugler Couture..

In 1978, Thierry Mugler reworked the classic masculine style and came up with a resolutely modern look, as excessive as his talent : functional, slender, anatomical.

In 1992, he created his first haute couture collection upon an invitation by the Haute Couture trade union. Each piece of clothing was conceived as a work of art. His fashion shows were put together to be like real theatrical shows; he was the designer and director. Everything was original, stupefying, phenomenal, never before seen. Models and artists mingled with celebrities and unexpected characters in a multiple universe, each show more extraordinary than the last : Le Zenith (1984 : 6000 spectators came to celebrate the brand”s 10 year anniversary), le Cirque d”Hiver (1995) He became one of those Creators of the 90ties who placed fashion on the same level as visual arts, as show business.

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Thierry Mugler

Thierry Mugler

Butterfly Thierry Mugler

1999 Thierry Mugler

An extraordinary director, he also produced short films, ads, and video clips. He created costumes for musicals, concerts, operas and the theatre (Macbeth for the Comedie Francaise). He”s worked with artists Robert Altman and George Michael.

1992, begins a new territory of expression with the birth of Angel, Thierry Mugler”s first fragrance. He became the exclusive photographer for Thierry Mugler Perfumes and shot all of the brand”s model visuals. This was the beginning of a series of high quality fragrances and after Angel came A

 2002, Thierry Mugler moves away from fashion for other universes and leaves the creation of his ready to wear collections and accessories to his creative studio where young talented designers work for the Brand.

Theirry_Mugler_MotorbikeMr Pearl’s Metal ‘Biker’ Corsets for Thierry Mugler

More about Mr. Pearl:







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Thierry Mugler: Fashion Fetish Fantasy

For over 20 years, Thierry Mugler has stretched the boundaries of style and imagination. FashionFetishFantasy is a celebration of his extraordinary vision.



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Thierry Mugler: Photographer

Amazing book of Mugler’s saturated and geometric photographs, which contrast classic Mugler with some phenomenal architecture and landscapes. “As the pictures in this album reveal, Thierry Mugler has a vision of dress based on simple yet powerful lines, bold silhouettes, and pure colors. The models she seeks out are majestic in bearing and stature, conveying a sense of strength and vitality. Juxtaposing his free-flowing creations with the angularity of architecture and the cold surfaces of stone and steel, Mugler gives new life to fashion as well as photography.”



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Thierry Mugler: Galaxy Glamour

The designs of the iconic French couturier Thierry Mugler convey a powerful and seductive image of womanhood. His architectural, ultra-stylized silhouettes, his exploration of new materials, his passion for staging and spectacle, and his futuristic fantasies have left an indelible impression on the world of fashion. This lavish anthology is packed with his classic work, from outrageous catwalk shows to extravagant accessories. Celebrities, supermodels and muses shine out from original sketches and photographs by Thierry Mugler himself, alongside images from some of the great names of fashion photography, including Helmut Newton, Guy Bourdin and Jean- Paul Goude. As a designer and artist, Mugler is always seeking new outlets for his inexhaustible energy, and brings his unmistakable style to everything he touches.


thierry-muglerThierry Mugler nowadays goes by the name Manfred



One Response to “Thierry Mugler, Multi Talent”

  1. Soul Safari 8 June 2015 at 12:36 #

    what a genius Mugler was in his heyday. His imagination and view on feminity was definitely groundbreaking, although some feminists will not agree. Glamour, stardom, sculptural clothing that is still modern, multiple talents and great looks; the man had everything. A true Renaissance Man.

    I had the change of meeting him twice in person and he was always such fun and friendly person. But why he re-invented himself into a monster like Manfred remains
    a question only Mugler can answer….ouch.

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