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Thierry Mugler

(December 21, 1948, to January 23, 2022, Aged 73)


Early photo. The French designer originally from Strasbourg started out as a ballet dancer.



Thierry Mugler in Paris


Notwithstanding that I know nothing about runway fashion, I think Thierry Mugler is one designer that really got it right.


Fashion on the catwalk is not intended for real life, or for real men or women.


Original TM design


It is theatre.


Original TM design



It is fantasy.


Original TM design


Or just plain fantastical!



While other designers of his era were creating ready to wear “haute couture” for the rich and famous, Thierry Mugler’s creative mind ran wild, marrying his drawing pencil which seemed obsessed and possessed with some alternative universe, with bold fabrics, materials, and colours that ranged from sublime to outlandish.


He was known early on as the seriously “out there” designer.


Original TM design


Mugler died last month, and it was just a coincidence that I had recently been to his exhibition in Paris that had opened at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs (MAD) in Paris on September 30, 2021, where it will run until April 24, 2022.  Entering the darkly lit exhibit, I knew I was in for a wild ride.



Ok, I could see some of us in this little number. Love the shoes too!



Over his career Mugler dressed the more histrionic celebs like Beyonce, Madonna and Kim Kardashian, developing dramatic signature looks for Michael Jackson, David Bowie, Diana Ross and Lady Gaga.


Jerry Hall (Mick Jaggers former wife) wearing a Mugler design from the Insect Collection (1997)


However, it was on the catwalk that Mugler danced unabashedly and without caution into a fertile world of science fiction.


Female Warrior


Mugler was entranced with corsets and bustiers.


And yes, I believe that is a whip in the mannequin’s hand.


Mugler’s fashion shows were renowned for being extravagant affairs held in arena-like environments, and it was no wonder that he also regularly designed costumes for musical comedies, concerts, operas, and the theatre, creating costumes and sets for the likes of Cirque du Soleil for instance.


From Mugler’s Water Nymph’s collection called Les Atantes or the Atlanteans


Mugler was inspired by mythology


Stop me if you see anything you like!





Note: The featured image at the top of the blog was taken on a real ice flow in Greenland.

Mugler also liked to take his creations and models out of their comfort zones! No kidding!

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  1. Trish Tonaj on February 13, 2022 at 9:52 am

    This is such a great post Diane. We share a similar passion…as a recent attendee in your Women of Global interest series I found the interview with Debbie Travis very entertaining and winning a copy of her book. Inspirational! As a lover of fashion, I’m looking forward to the next interview…

  2. Shardie Stevenson on February 13, 2022 at 7:39 pm

    Bizarre mind and imagination! Not fashion …as you say …. a mix of theatre and science fiction! Definitely designed to shock!
    Looking forward to your interview with Jeanne Beker …. iconic Canadian fashionista!!

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