Thierry Mugler, Designer for David Bowie, Beyoncé, and More, Dies at 73

    Thierry Mugler, the French fashion designer behind the Mugler fashion line, has died at the age of 73. “We are devastated to announce the passing of Mr. Manfred Thierry Mugler on Sunday January 23rd 2022,” a statement on his official Instagram account reads. “May his soul Rest in Peace.” The Mugler brand added: “It is with deep sadness that the House of Mugler announces the passing of Mr Manfred Thierry Mugler. A visionary whose imagination as a couturier, perfumer and image-maker empowered people around the world to be bolder and dream bigger every day.” No cause of death has yet been revealed.

    A beloved and influential figure in the fashion world, Mugler is credited as one of the first designers to use celebrities as models. He created iconic looks for Beyoncé and David Bowie, who wore a Mugler dress on Saturday Night Live in 1979, and also worked with Lady Gaga, Diana Ross, George Michael, Cardi B, and many more.

    After retiring from his eponymous brand in 2003, Mugler focused on fragrances and costume design and continued to supply clothes for some of the biggest stars in contemporary music. Rihanna, Dua Lipa, and Katy Perry have worn pieces from the Mugler brand in recent years. Lady Gaga wore a vintage Mugler dress when making her entrance to the 2011 Grammys inside an egg. Mugler also created all of the costumes for Beyoncé’s 2009 ‘I Am…’ world tour, on which he served as artistic director. On the front page of Beyoncé’s official website, a square now appears with a photo of Mugler, a collage of the creations he made for her over the years, and the caption: “Rest in peace Thierry Mugler.”


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    Konstantinos Pappis
    Konstantinos Pappis
    Konstantinos Pappis is a writer, journalist, and music editor at Our Culture. His work has also appeared in Pitchfork, GIGsoup, and other publications. He currently lives in Athens, Greece.

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