French fashion designer Manfred Thierry Mugler dies aged 73

Mugler was known for his theatrical creations.

French fashion designer Manfred Thierry Mugler has died, a statement on his official Instagram account confirmed on Sunday.

He was 73 years old.

“#RIP We are devastated to announce the passing of Mr. Manfred Thierry Mugler on Sunday, January 23, 2022. May his soul rest in peace,” read the statement in English and French.

The cause of death is unknown.

Mugler was known for his adventurous theatrical designs, which were worn by models, Hollywood royalty and fashionistas around the world.

Model Bella Hadid reacted to the news in a comment on Mugler’s Instagram. “Nonononono,” she wrote, along with a sad face emoji, in the post announcing the creator’s death.

Designer Jeremy Scott also commented with a sad face and a broken heart emoji.

“He was truly a visionary,” fashion journalist Nina Garcia wrote on Twitter. “His designs shaped an era of fashion and influenced a new generation of designers who weren’t afraid to take risks. He was a pioneer in blending art, fashion history, music, advertising, technology and celebrity culture in a new form. RIP Thierry Mugler.”

“Fashion visionary and one of the most influential and admired designers of his generation, Manfred Thierry Mugler, passed away today,” the CFDA tweeted, along with a photo of model Iman wearing the one of his creations on the catwalk.

The news comes less than a week after fellow industry icon and former Vogue editor Andre Leon Talley died, also aged 73.

Mugler was born in Strasbourg, France, in 1948. Although he has always been interested in design, he was also passionate about classical dance, theater and cinema, and practiced ballet. Throughout his career, he often designed costumes for musicals and was involved in theater performances and films.

His love of fantasy and Hollywood drama can be seen in his couture designs, making him an international sensation.

Mugler studied interior design at the School of Decorative Arts in Strasbourg before switching to tailoring and settling in Paris. It was in the 1980s and 1990s that her career really flourished, though in recent years many of her inventive designs have sent shockwaves down the red carpet. In 2019, he was responsible for Kim Kardashian’s “wet look” dress for the Met Gala, and that same year dressed Cardi B in a pink and black “stormy Venus” dress for the Grammy Awards.

The designer also released various popular fragrances – including Angel in 1992, Angel Men in 1996, Alien in 2005, Mirror, Mirror in 2007 and Womanity in 2010 – and a cosmetics line, Thierry Mugler Beauty.

He was also a writer and an artist. In 1988, his photography book hit newsstands, and 10 years later he published “Thierry Mugler: Fashion Fetish Fantasy”, which offers an overview of his work as a designer and creator.

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