Thierry Mugler, legendary French fashion designer, dies at 73

legendary french fashion designer Manfred Thierry Mugler, known for his dramatic and avant-garde creations, died on Sunday. He was 73 years old.

Mugler’s death has been announced on his official Instagram account. “RIP. We are devastated to announce the passing of Mr. Manfred Thierry Mugler on Sunday, January 23, 2022,” the statement read. “That his soul rests in peace.”

No cause of death was given.

The designer’s fashion house also confirmed the news of Mugler’s death “with deep sadness” on Sunday evening. “A visionary whose imagination as a couturier, perfumer and image maker has empowered people around the world to be bolder and dream bigger every day,” said the official Maison Mugler Instagram account.

USA TODAY has reached out to Mugler representatives for comment.

The death of the famous fashion designer comes five days after the January 18 death of Andre Leon Talley, the visionary former creative director of Vogue magazine.

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Born on December 21, 1948 in Strasbourg, France, Mugler launched his first fashion collection called “Café de Paris” in 1973.

In an interview with WWD magazine published in September, Mugler opened up about her fashion debut. “…All I wanted to do was this very pure Parisian silhouette: the little black suit, the trench coat, the black dress, the mermaid dress,” Mugler said.

“I did the first body-conscious nude dress. No one was doing nudes back then. My first ready-to-wear line was called Café de Paris, and it was a very precise silhouette , refined, very strongly influenced by dance. .”

In this photo taken October 3, 1999, French fashion designer Thierry Mugler is cheered on by his models and the public after the presentation of his Spring/Summer 2000 ready-to-wear collection in Paris.  French designer Thierry Mugler, who ruled fashion in the 1980s, died on January 23, 2022 at the age of 73.

Mugler became internationally recognized as a designer in the 1980s and 1990s. He designed one of the most famous dresses of the 90s, which appeared in the 1993 romance/drama “Indecent Proposal,” starring Demi Moore. Moore donned the timeless backless cut-out black velvet number while giving the classic line: “The dress is for sale, I am not.”

Mugler retired from fashion in 2002, but in recent years the designer’s signature looks have been worn by high-profile artists including Lady Gaga, Kim Kardashian, Cardi B, david bowie, Miley Cyrus, Nicole Kidman, Bella Hadid and Diana Ross.

Ross shared a photo of her and Mugler on Twitter, writing, “I will miss you Thierry Mugler it was a wonderful time in our lives.”

In 2009 Mugler worked as by Beyoncé artistic advisor and created the costumes for her “I Am… World Tour”. Beyoncé posted a photo tribute of a smiling Mugler on her official site Sunday Scripture, “Rest in Peace.”

At the 2019 Met Gala, Kardashian wore a silk organza, crystal and silicone creation for the Vogue event. “This is the first time in 20 years that Mr. Mugler has designed for the House of Mugler,” Kardashian told Vogue at the time. “So coming to design this dress for me is such an honor.”

Kim Kardashian West wears Thierry Mugler to the 2019 Met Gala celebrating "Camp: Notes on fashion."

Kardashian described her fashion and beauty look, which took eight months to create, as a “California girl, stepping out of the ocean onto the red carpet, wet and dripping.”

Mugler has dressed Kardashian on several occasions, including a bold vintage design from her Spring/Summer 98 collection, which Kardashian wore for 5th Annual Hollywood Beauty Awards 2019. The dress featured a cutout at the top, with thin straps crossing her torso and a thigh-high slit.

Mugler also created Kardashian’s 2021 Halloween costume, a standout “CowBot” ensemble that includes a silver star-patterned bra and metallic shorts.

Asked by WWD magazine about Kardashian’s clothing, Mugler called her “really a self-made woman, and she says it herself.”

In 2019, Mugler also dressed the rapper Cardi B for the Grammy Awards, where she dazzled in a vintage Mugler dress. The oyster shell dress was an archive piece from Mugler Couture’s Fall 1995 collection.

In Mugler’s interview with WWD, the designer called Cardi B “extremely sophisticated in her own way, she really pushes her to the limit.”

Cardi B made sure her presence was known in a vintage 1995 Thierry Mugler dress at the 2019 Grammy Awards.

“When I dressed her for the Grammy Awards in 2019, people were blown away. Her performance was amazing and people were amazed because the direction, the lighting, the choreography – everything was perfect,” said said Mugler.

Mugler published his first photography book in 1988, entitled “Thierry Mugler: Photographer”. In 1998, he published “Fashion Fetish Fantasy”, a collection of photos of his creations.

Speaking to WWD to find out if Mugler is planning a fashion comeback, the designer replied, “I have some really, really good ideas and I hope to execute them well. That’s all I’ll say.”

“Fashion is always a great tool because it’s a three-dimensional art,” he said. “It’s the wildest form of art, in the best sense of the word, which is to say that it touches the human, and it’s interesting.”

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