Tributes for visionary fashion designer Thierry Mugler, dead at 73

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Fashion designer Manfred Thierry Mugler, the founder of the eponymous fashion brand, has died at age 73.

Mugler’s personal Instagram account confirmed the sad news, posting a black square.

“We are devastated to announce the passing of Mr Manfried Thierry Mugler on Sunday January 23 2022,” the caption read.

“May his soul rest in peace.”

The official Mugler Instagram described him as “a visionary whose imagination as a couturier, perfumer and image-maker, empowered people around the world to be bolder and dream bigger everyday.”

His cause of death is not known.

The gay French-born designer was known for his fashion house, which he founded in the 1970s.

Mugler made an international name for himself in the 1980s and early 1990s, on runways, stage shows and design projects such as George Michael’s 1992 music video for “Too Funky”.


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Vogue described the designer’s “affinity for sculptural silhouettes with a futuristic touch” and outfits that are like “architecture for the body”.

The fashion company’s current creative director, Casey Cadwallader, said he was honored to work alongside Mugler in a tribute.

“Manfred, I am so honored to have known you and to work within your beautiful world,” Cadwallader wrote on Instagram.

“You changed our perception of beauty, of confidence, of representation and self empowerment.

“Your legacy is something I carry with me in everything I do. Thank you.”

Manfred Thierry Mugler retired from fashion in 2003

Manfred Thierry Mugler dressed numerous supermodels and top celebrities, including Cindy Crawford, Iman, David Bowie, Lady Gaga, Demi Moore, Beyonce, Cardi B and many more.

He announced his official retirement from fashion in 2003.

However he continued creating his high-end perfumes, building a multi-million dollar empire of best-selling fragrances.

“Fashion is beautiful, 3-D art on a human being,” Mugler said at that time.

“But it wasn’t enough, which is why I went on to create in other ways. For me, it wasn’t the right tool anymore.

“But perfume still interests me.”

Mugler also continued to work on special fashion projects. He worked as Beyoncé’s artistic advisor and created the costumes for her “I Am… World Tour” in 2009.

He designed under his name “House of Mugler” once more for the 2019 Met Gala. He created friend Kim Kardashian’s “wet dress” at the Vogue event that year.

After his retirement, Mugler became a bodybuilder and posed nude in Interview Magazine in 2019 at age 70.

Manfred Thierry Mugler’s death comes a week after the passing of Vogue icon and fashion journalist André Leon Talley, also aged 73.

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