Photo via Mugler.com – Compiled by Egypt Today
CAIRO – 21 December 2017: ”I have always tried to sublimate the body and to make people dream.” – Thierry Mugler
Thierry Mugler took up classical dance at the young age of nine. He then went on to ballet at the Rhin Opera at 14 years old while he was studying interior design at Strasbourg School of Decorative Arts.
As an ambitious 20-year-old, he moved to Paris and dressed in his own creations, as he worked as a fashion designer at Gudule, a boutique in Paris. At 26 he ventured into freelance designing for fashion houses in Barcelona, London, Milan and Paris. Melka Treanton was one of the main forces that helped launch his career, as she got him to showcase in Tokyo at an event. Two years later he created his first collection for men, reimagining classic and modern style. In parallel to that, he would go on to open his very own store in Paris at Place des Victoires.
”I am not trendy. I am not 'in fashion.' I am simply a positive human being who has a positive outlook on life.” – Thierry Mugler
He created his first namesake brand with a collection called "Café de Paris" in 1973, which was an avant-garde art piece. Five years on, he was crowned by the public and the media as Designer of the Year.
With wide shoulders, padded waists, large pointed collars and his use of solid colors, Mugler’s creations can be spotted a mile away. One of his most recognized dresses was worn by Demi Moore in her role in “Indecent Proposal” (1993).
Thierry Mugler creation via Mugler.com
”I want my models to be bigger, stronger and taller than common mortals. I need superwomen and supermen.” – Thierry Mugler
In 1992, the Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture specifically asked him to create an haute couture collection. During the same year, he would soon go on to create haute perfume; his first would be “Angel” – one of the most recognized scents today that serves purity and is full of attitude.
Also a published photographer, “Thierry Mugler, Photographe” hit the shelves in 1988, which was a collection made of gigantic proportions that he has always been in awe of. A year later, “Fashion Fetish Fantasy”, a monograph that compiled his greatest wearable art pieces, was released. Peter Lindbergh has said, "He's one of the greats."
”I used fashion to express myself as much as I could. But at some point, it was not enough.” – Thierry Mugler
A true artist with his hands on attitude, Mugler is also a motion visual artist, having directed short films, advertisements and music videos, including George Michael’s “Too Funky” and the advertisement for his trademark “Alien” perfume. In 2002, he directed a scene for a Cirque du Soleil production called "Extravaganza", and of course, created all of the costumes. He also has occasionally designed costumes for concerts and theater shows, such as the ones for Beyoncé and the play “Macbeth”.
In 2008, he launched his namesake cosmetic line. He stepped down as creative director in 2010 and Nicola Formichetti, who has departed in 2013, took his place – hence the rebranding of the brand to MUGLER.
”As a child, I had a very hard time living in the world that is imposed on us. I dreamed of creating another world, to my scale – one that was my own...” – Thierry Mugler
Angel via Mugler.com