House of Mugler Statement on the Passing of Mr. Manfred Theirry Mugler

It is with deep sadness that the House of Mugler announces the passing of Mr Manfred Thierry Mugler on Sunday 23rd 2022. A visionary whose imagination as a couturier, perfumer and imagemaker empowered people around the world to be bolder and dream bigger every day.
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Manfred Theirry Mugler | Photo: Dominique Issermann

“This is a moment of deep emotion and great sadness for the teams at the Maison Mugler, said Sandrine Groslier, Global President of Mugler Fashion & Fragrance. In the nearly 30 years of collaboration, I remember him as a genius who revolutionized the world of fashion, fragrances, photography and staging. An artist for whom the limit was no limit. An exceptionally talented, visionary and inclusive genius. Beyond being a creator with infinite energy and a boundless sense of creativity, I wish above all to pay tribute to the sensitive, generous and sincere man. We are thinking today of all those who, like us, love him and have lost their star”

Manfred Thierry Mugler, 21 December 1948 – 23 January 2022, was a French fashion designer, perfumer, and a creative director. A complete artist. In the 1970s, Mugler founded his eponymous fashion house; and quickly rose to prominence in the following decades for his avant-garde, architectural, hyperfeminine and theatrical approach to Haute Couture. Unexpected materials, fashion shows designed as performances, olfactory breakthroughs…: he was one of those who broke all codes and all standards. Including societal. Free, avant-garde, he never stopped taking us into his imaginary worlds and propelling us into the extraordinary, in the literal sense of the term.

Close to celebrities, he designed signature looks for Grace Jones, David Bowie or Diana Ross; as well as outfits for George Michael's "Too Funky" music video. Passionate about perfumes, he launched Angel in 1992, which became one of the best-selling fragrances of the 20th century.

In later years, Mugler's archives saw a significant resurgence among celebrities wearing his designs on red carpets and music videos. In 2019, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (MMFA) launched the 'Thierry Mugler: Couturissime' exhibition dedicated to him. An exceptional event that landed in Paris last fall.

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