French fashion designer Thierry Mugler dies aged 73

LOS ANGELES — Thierry Mugler, a French fashion designer whose work was worn by some of entertainment’s most prominent figures, died on Sunday. He was 73 years old.

Mugler’s death was confirmed by a post on his official Instagram.

“We are devastated to announce the death of Mr. Manfred Thierry Mugler,” the post read. The same message is also written in French. “That his soul rests in peace.”

Mugler was born in Strasbourg, France on December 21, 1948. After training in interior design at the School of Decorative Arts in Strasbourg, he entered the fashion world in 1971 by designing clothes for Karim.

In 1973, at the age of 26, Mugler created “Café de Paris”, his first personal collection. After launching globally, he opened his Paris boutique and began to attract international recognition for his emphasis on broad-shouldered designs evoking mid-20th century styles.

Mugler made a formal exit from ready-to-wear fashion after the turn of the century, although he continued to work as a designer and craftsman. Along with a line of perfumes and cosmetics, Mugler has collaborated with Beyoncé Cirque du Soleil and Serhat. He also designed for Kim Kardashian West, Lady Gaga, Cardi B, David Bowie, George Michael, Miley Cyrus, Sharon Stone, Nicole Kidman, Bella Hadid, Diana Ross and many more.

Mugler has also directed short films and commercials and designed costumes for various film and theater productions. In 1988, he published his first photography book, “Thierry Mugler: Photographe”.

Beyond fashion, Mugler was a lifelong bodybuilder. He was also openly gay and was a much-loved figure in the LGBTQ+ community.

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