‘I made clothes because I was looking for something the didn’t exist’, once said French fashion designer, Thierry Mugler. ‘I had to try to create my one world’.
Now, the world will descend upon Paris in a new exhibition devoted to the designer. Opening on September 20, the Musee des Arts Decoratifs in Paris will open ‘Thierry Mugler: Couturissime’, which will run until April 24, 2022, after it was delayed due to the pandemic.
The exhibition is traveling from the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts in Montreal, and features 150 outfits from 1977 to 2014. A number of rare fashion pieces are on view alongside iconic fashion photos by the industry’s top talents, like Guy Bourdin, David LaChapelle, Karl Lagerfeld and Helmut Newton.
Mugler has turned celebrities into high art, thanks to his iconic designs. Think about that time when Cardi B wore Mugler’s 20th anniversary dress from 1995 at the Grammy Awards, while she made history as the first women to win best rap artist.
The designer’s archive has been worn by the likes of Beyonce, David Bowie and Lady Gaga.
‘Mugler wanted to stage the daily life of people through fashion. that’s what attracted so many celebrities’, said the Montreal museum’s curator Thierry – Maxime Loriot. ‘The love him because he’s one of the few designers who can help celebrities become characters and stage their acts’.
‘This is the first time he is opening his archieves to the public’ he adds.
The British pop star though outside the box while wearing a Mugler dress for his Boys Keep Swinging performance with Klaus Nomi on Saturday Night Live back in 1979. Oddly, they weren’t bough from the designer. Rather, his Mugler outfit was bought on sale at Henri Bendel, and today, is remembered as unconventional.
‘Bowie wore Mugler throughout his entire career, even at his wedding with Iman and all the way to the end of his career’, said Loriot.
‘It shows Mugler invented a whole new way of presenting fashion that was total art’.