Since the passing of French fashion mogul Thierry Mugler, there has been an outpouring of love and tributes to the larger than life figure from fans, celebrities and industry personnel alike.
Both Beyoncé and Kim Kardashian West, who worked extensively with Mugler over the years, paid moving tributes to the designer.
But while his influence in France and the United States is well known, Mugler’s work also caught the eye of players in Jamaica’s fashion industry and he has worked in with Jamaican models as well.
Kingsley Cooper, founder of Pulse Investments Limited, lauded Mugler’s talent as he told Our Today that he became aware of the fashion icon through the work he did with celebrities.
“I never met him and was most aware of his work through memorable music videos that were essentially styled as Mugler fashion collections and fairly outrageous looks he created for celebrities,” Cooper said.
He added that the designer’s out-of-the box styles will make him an unforgettable part of the industry.
“Mugler will be most remembered for his fusion of styles and the bombastic power dressing of the ’80s,” Cooper said.
Mugler, who first worked as a freelance designer, launched his The House of Mugler fashion company in 1974. However, it was in the ’80s that he catapulted to success, as he pushed fashion barriers no one else dared to.
Constructing clothes from a fusion of latex, metal and feathers, Mugler became very popular for broad-shouldered, cinched-waist silhouettes that came to dominate the era.
The Pulse boss noted that his was a global influence, reaching as far as Jamaica.
Along with the looks he created for celebrities such as Cardi B and Jennifer Lopez, Mugler also customised his popular motorcycle corset for Pulse star Nadine Willis for her French Vogue shoot, captured by Mario Testino.
Mugler, who died of natural causes on January 23, had retired in the early 2000s, but would sometimes resurface to create customised pieces for his most famous clients.