Thierry Mugler was born in 1948, in Strasbourg, France. Mugler studied design before moving to Paris in 1970, where he worked as a window-dresser. Mugler was a visionary, he was one of the highly energetic and creative people. He trained as a ballet dancer in his youth, made his name with futuristic and mind boggling couture designs with his fashion label and gave the world a new definition of “women”.
Mugler’s women were confident, sexy with attitude, powerful and futuristic. It all showed in his iconic details in his work. He created a very identifiable style with a new feminine silhoutte where shapes and curves are accentuated by the strictness of the cut. Mugler produced a very clear-cut, precise and structured image with a shouldered, slender cut for a classic silhouette.
Mugler’s work was strong and angular, shoulders were wide and padded; waists were wasp-like. The look was dramatic and unforgettable. It showed the power of women, but still maintain her femininity. Mugler’s collections came in solid, dominating colours. Collars had exaggerated points, or flamelike cutouts. He was very much inspired by the insect kingdom.
He emphasized his futuristic aesthetic through the addition of unusual materials, such as pvc, metal, or vinyl. This suggest a dimension both overbearing and glamor.
He had his height of success in the late seventies and eighties, full of wide shoulders and nipped in waists. Bright colour was prominent, as was experimentation with fabrications such as PVC. In his most extreme runway garments, PVC was often used, as were space and robot themes.
Terry Mulger’s famous Robot
In 1992, Thierry Mugler created his first Haute Couture collection. His work had gained him the recognition of the big influence of the French luxury which were promoted worldwide and internationally.
In 1992, Mugler directed the video for George Michael’s “Too Funky,” featuring a parade of Mugler fashions, including the famous motorcycle dress.
Since then, Mugler has projected himself in different area such as directed film clips and designing costumes for celebrities. However, in 2000, he decides to retire from the Parisian stage to devote himself to photography and staging.
More recently, Thierry Mugler collaborated with Cirque du Soleil on its 2003 show “Zumanity” in Las Vegas.
Mugler also published books featuring his fashion designs and photography.
Thierry Mugler (1988)
Fashion Fetish Fantasy (1998)
Thierry Mugler Galaxy Glamour
The 1990’s Mugler started his partnership with Clarins for the famous fragrance ‘Angel’. It has proved to be the all time success.
Followed by “Alien”
Thierry Mugler’s latest fragrance WOMANITY shows how powerful are the Mugler’s women.
Thierry Mugler is now known best for its perfume division. The couture division was closed in 2003, and all Thierry Mugler ready-to-wear is now produced under license agreements, as is a line of eyewear.