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French Fashion Designer Thierry Mugler Dies At 73

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French fashion designer Manfred Thierry Mugler, whose work of art has been worn by several of the most distinguished entertainment personalities, died Sunday, January 23, at 73 years old. 

The designer’s death was announced on his social media accounts captioned: “#RIP We are devastated to announce the passing of Mr Manfred Thierry Mugler on Sunday January 23rd 2022. May his soul Rest In Peace.” It was written in French and English. The cause of death was not publicly disclosed by any of the announcements. 

The Mugler fashion line’s current creative director Casey Cadwaller honored Mugler on an Instagram post, writing, “Manfred, I am so honored to have known you and to work within your beautiful world. 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.”

Born in 1948 in Strasbourg, France, Mugler trained at the Strasbourg School of Decorative Arts in interior design. He later entered the fashion world in 1971, during which he designed clothes for Karim.

At the age of 26, Mugler established his first personal collection “Café de Paris” in 1973. Following his global debut, he opened a Paris boutique and started to gain traction internationally due to his accentuation on broad-shouldered designs giving highlights to the mid-20th century styles. 

Mugler became a widely known designer in the ‘80s and ‘90s for his peculiar and unconventional style and sculptural tailoring techniques. Demi Moore’s black dress in 1993’s “Indecent Proposal” and Kim K’s “wet look” in 2019’s MET Gala are among his most awe-inspiring looks. 

Naomi Campbell, Lady Gaga, Beyoncé, Nicole Kidman, Dianna Ross, Bella Hadid, and Miley Cyrus are celebrities on his long list of clientele. 

Fashion designing was not the only career path the late icon took. He released a multitude of perfumes and also began a cosmetics brand. He published a book in 1998 as well, named “Thierry Mugler: Fashion Fetish Fantasy.”