Beyond his groundbreaking womenswear, Mugler also launched a dedicated men’s line, which specialized in sharp-shouldered, zoot-style suits. He designed clothes for David Bowie and he both dressed and directed the cast for George Michael’s Too Funky music video in 1992.
“The Mugler show at BONDS Disco 1980, was a major life-changer,” said designer Marc Jacobs. “Never had I seen or experienced anything like it. The glamour! The Fashion! The women! The extraordinary execution of an out-of-this-world dream by fashion’s most incredible showman. Thank you for sharing your wildest fantasies. Rest in peace Manfred Thierry Mugler.”
It’s a sentiment shared by fashion’s favorite DJ and former Mugler collaborator, Michel Gaubert. “Shocked to hear about the passing of Manfred Thierry Mugler. The man with the amazing vision, who set the tone of the time like no other. I am honored to have collaborated with you.”
Born in Strasbourg in 1948, Mugler’s fashion dominance in the late 21st century — which was also defined by his championing of the LGBTQ+ community both on his runways and in his campaigns — came to an end when he departed his eponymous fashion label in 2002. Indeed, Mugler spent the past two decades in relative seclusion, cherry-picking projects as the mood took him. He worked with Beyoncé for the second time in 2008, for her I Am world tour, and he also directed the music video for San Marino’s Eurovision song contest entry in 2016. According to his agency, Mugler had been due to announce a series of new fashion collaborations this week.
“Lately I’ve been losing too many people that were close to me,” said Burberry’s creative director Riccardo Tisci. “Thierry you are definitely one of them. You started as a hero, my deepest inspiration and the one that showed the world how to be inclusive in every sense throughout your art and genius.” Tisci continued. “You will be very missed but fly high new and angel and be surrounded by the same joy you were spreading on earth.”
This story originally appeared in British GQ.
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