Famous French fashion designer passes away


Martin Ouellet-Diotte


On January 23rd of 2022, Thierry Mugler, the French designer that is internationally known for his extravagant designs during the 80s and 90s, passed away. Mugler was born on December 21, 1948 in Strasbourg, France. At age 20, Mugler moved to Paris where he started freelance designing in Paris. He began designing clothing for the Parisian boutique, Gudule. At age 28, Mugler, who was a freelance designer, began to design for ready-to-wear fashion houses in multiple European locations, such as Paris, Milan, Spain, and London. He quickly rose to fame due to his application to avant-garde, hyperfeminine take on haute couture. Mugler was one of the first designers to master diversity in his runway shows, killing racism and ageism. Mugler also integrated non-conventional models in the likes of transgender women and drag queens, which during the 1970s and 1980s were not widely accepted.
During the beginning of his career, Mugler designed signature looks for influencers, such
as Micheal Jackson, David Bowie, Madonna, and Grace Jones. But most notably, he designed the dress that Demi Moore wore in the 1993 movie, Indecent Proposal, which was known as the most famous dress of the 1900s. He also directed the cosplay for George Michel’s music video for “Too Funky” in 1992. Later on in his career, he designed pieces worn by Lady Gaga and Cardi B, as well as having built many friendships.
Mugler released his fragrance (perfume) company, “Angel” in 1992, and it became a true fragrance sensation. This fragrance company has created fragrances that currently own the name of the best-selling fragrances in the world. His best-selling perfume is a combination of praline and chocolate with a strong ascent of patchouli (aromantic plant of the mint family, which are used for essential senses for perfumes). These fragrances are known worldwide for their scents and the amazing designer that produced them.
In the end, Thierry Mugler was, and will forever be, the designer that changed the fashion industry, through his exquisite designs in clothing and his trailblazing in the fashion industry. As for his astonishing looks of celebrities, those will go down in time as symbols of art. Rest in peace Thierry Mugler.