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Queer Enigmatic Fashion Designer Thierry Mugler Dies at 73: A Retrospective Honors His Work

Thierry Mugler with Grace Jones

The French designer dressed everyone from Grace Jones to Madonna, to Beyonce and Cardi B. A retrospective of his work is currently showing at Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris.

French designer Thierry Mugler has died of unreported causes, as reported initially on his Instagram page with a black image (see below). He was 73.

Mugler epitomized glamour in the 1980s and ’90s, creating sexy silhouettes, utilizing elaborate fashion shows, and dressing Hollywood royalty like Demi Moore.

In the early 2000s, Mugler shuttered his ready-to-wear collection, leaving behind a fragrance line and mystery. He grew reclusive and, sadly, his contributions were forgotten by the general public. Thankfully, the gay designer’s work — which has quietly continued — was the subject of an expansive exhibit at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts in 2019,Thierry Mugler – Creatures of Haute Couture

Thierry Mugler CreatureOne of Mugler's creatures.

 

The exhibit, now titled Thierry Mugler, Couturissimeis now showing at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris, where the fanciful, multi-sensory experience includes stage costumes, photographs, films, music, and digital performances. See it before it closes April 24.

The opening party for the exhibit drew many celebrities, as documented on Mugler's (center below) Instagram feed:

 

 

Cardi B who had previously collaborated with the designer also showed up

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