Thierry Mugler, Iconic Fashion Designer, Dead At Age 73

The French fashion giant dressed the likes of Cardi B, Madonna, Beyonce and Lady Gaga.

French fashion designer Manfred Thierry Mugler, whose dramatic designs were worn by celebrities like Madonna, Lady Gaga and Cardi B, has died. He was 73.

He died Sunday, his official Instagram account said. “May his soul Rest In Peace,” it said in a post that was all black with no image. It did not give a cause of death.

Manfred Thierry Mugler at Paris Fashion Week in September.
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Manfred Thierry Mugler at Paris Fashion Week in September.

Mugler, who launched his brand in 1973, became known for his architectural style, defined by broad shoulders and a tiny waist. The use of plastic-like futuristic fabric in his sculpted clothing became a trademark.

Cardi B wears a vintage Thierry Mugler design at the 2019 Grammy Awards.
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Cardi B wears a vintage Thierry Mugler design at the 2019 Grammy Awards.

He defined haute couture over several decades, dressing up Diana Ross and Beyonce at galas, on red carpets and runways.

His designs weren’t shy about being outlandish, at times resembling robotic suits with protruding cone shapes. Mugler also had a popular perfume line, which he started in the 1990s.

Beyonce performs at Madison Square Garden in 2009 wearing a Thierry Mugler outfit.
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Beyonce performs at Madison Square Garden in 2009 wearing a Thierry Mugler outfit.

The fashion world filled with an outpouring of sympathy. Bella Hadid, an American model, said “Nonononono,” followed by an image of a sad face, while American actress January Jones responded with a heart mark, from their official Instagram accounts.

Besides clothes, Mugler created films and photographs, and was a dancer, acrobat as well as avid body-builder, stressing he always wanted to explore the human body as art.

Model Bella Hadid walks the runway at the Mugler Ready To Wear fashion show in February 2020.
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Model Bella Hadid walks the runway at the Mugler Ready To Wear fashion show in February 2020.

“I’ve always felt like a director, and the clothes I did were a direction of the everyday,” Mugler told Interview Magazine.

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