Manfred Thierry Mugler, French fashion icon known for his sculpted designs, dies at 73
French fashion designer Manfred Thierry Mugler, whose dramatic designs have been worn by celebrities like Madonna, Lady Gaga and Cardi B, has died. He was 73 years old.
He died on Sunday, his official Instagram account announced. “May his soul rest in peace,” he said in an all-black message without a picture. He did not give a cause of death.
Mugler, who launched his brand in 1973, became known for his architectural style, defined by broad shoulders and a slim waist. The use of futuristic plastic-like fabrics in his sculpted garments has become a trademark.
He defined haute couture for several decades, dressing Diana Ross and Beyonce at galas, on red carpets and on the catwalk. His designs did not shy away from being extravagant, sometimes resembling robotic suits with protruding conical shapes. Mugler also had a popular fragrance line, which he launched in the 1990s.
French President Emmanuel Macron said Mugler had “revolutionized French fashion and elegance” at the end of the 20th century.
“His fashion shows were more than a show, they were great performances, mixing fashion, theater and dance,” Macron said, adding that “we will miss his look and his audacity.”
The fashion world was filled with a surge of sympathy. Bella Hadid, an American model, said “Nonononono”, followed by an image of a sad face, while American actress January Jones responded with a heart mark, from their official Instagram accounts.
Apart from clothing, Mugler created films and photographs, and was an avid dancer, acrobat as well as bodybuilder, emphasizing that he always wanted to explore the human body as art.
“I always felt like a director, and the clothes I made were an everyday direction,” Mugler told Interview Magazine.
Questions about his funeral arrangements were not immediately answered.
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