Thierry Mugler, the French fashion designer famous for his avant-garde designs, died on Jan 23, 2022. He was 73 years old. His death shocked the whole industry and his fans, as he was one of the most famous designers worldwide.
Known for his bold collections — which were presented at highly stylised, themed runway shows — Mugler’s cinch-waisted silhouettes were often erotic or grotesque and sometimes both, creating what supermodel Jerry Hall called ‘alien couture’. The designer was a former ballet dancer who used the body as his canvas and incorporated it into his stage shows. He embraced gender fluidity and was known to cast transgender models in his shows.
Mugler, who grew up in Strasbourg, was also a lover of bodybuilding and plastic surgery. In 2019, he was involved in a jeep accident that destroyed his nose. Afterwards, he decided to transform his appearance. He got into bodybuilding and underwent many facial surgeries, resulting in a drastically different appearance. He even went as far as to take a piece of bone from his hip and implant it in his chin, preferring that to silicone.
In later years, the designer’s ready-to-wear division closed, but the fragrances that bore his name continued to sell well. He was also a pioneer for the LGBTQ community, casting drag queens in his stage shows and collaborating with them on both his fragrance and fashion lines. His work was influenced by artists such as David Bowie, Mick Jagger and George Michael and has been worn by stars like Rihanna, Beyonce, Kim Kardashian and Cardi B.