FRA | Jan 24, 2022

Fashion world rocked by another unfortunate passing, Thierry Mugler

Ategie Edwards

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The fashion industry has been rocked yet again by another unfortunate passing, as popular French fashion designer, Manfred Thierry Mugler died on Sunday (January 24).

The designer, who is said to have died from natural causes, was especially known for his powerful shouldered, cinch-waisted silhouettes which became popular in the 1980s.

News of the death came via a statement on his official Instagram account.

Thierry Mugler (Photo: USA Today)

“”We are devastated to announce the passing of Mr. Manfred Thierry Mugler on Sunday January 23rd 2022,” the post read. “May his soul Rest In Peace.”

The designer’s brand, Mugler, also confirmed his death via an Instagram post that described the fashion icon as a visionary who has been able to empower people through his designs.

“It is with deep sadness that the House of Mugler announces the passing of Mr Manfred Thierry Mugler. A visionary whose imagination as a couturier, perfumer and image-maker empowered people around the world to be bolder and dream bigger everyday.”

@officialMUGLER on Instagram

First working as a freelance designer, Mugler in 1974 launched his eponymous label where he dominated the 1980s after establishing himself as a major figure in international fashion. Prior to this, Mugler worked as a freelance fashion designer.

His runway shows and seasonal collections became even more theatrical as the designer specialised in haute contour, the creation of exclusive custom-fitted high-end fashion design that is constructed by hand from start to finish. 

Inspired by science fiction of the 1940s and his designs helped to reimagine the fashion world, with household names such as Kate Moss and Naomi Campbell modeling his fits.

Thierry Mugler and Beyoncé (Photo: Pinterest)

Although very successful, the designer’s ready-to-wear pieces became less commercially viable by the early 2000s, and the designer left the fashion industry to pursue other creative projects.

Thereafter, Mugler became the go-to designer for both red carpet and world tour pieces, with the likes of Beyoncé, Cardi B, Celine Dion, Jennifer Lopez, David Bowie and Kim Kardashian, rocking his wear.

The multifaceted 74-year-old also specialised in other fields. He was a published photographer, director of ads and short films and a perfumer.

Celebrities and fans alike took to social media to express their condolences and how saddened they are by his loss under the social media post made last evening.

(Photo: Instagram @manfredthierrymugler)

Actress Trace Ellis Ross, in commenting, shared a few broken heart emojis, while @bcompleted commented, “you will forever be my fashion GOD”.

READ: 10 of fashion designer Mugler’s popular and iconic designs


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