The Kunsthal in Rotterdam (The Netherlands) is hosting the very first European retrospective on French designer Thierry Mugler.
Initiated and produced by the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (MMFA), in collaboration with the House of Mugler and Clarins Group, this retrospective showcases imagination of the French designer that revolutionized fashion and haute couture.
Conceived as an opera in six acts, the exhibition revisits MUGLER's iconic creations and collaborations in spectacular settings.
Thierry Mugler Couturissime features some 150 outfits - most restored and exhibited for the first time - produced between 1977 and 2014, in addition to accessories, theatre costumes, videos, film, clips, archives and unpublished sketches.
It also presents a hundred rare prints by the greatest fashion photographers and artists, including Lillian Bassman, Guy Bourdin, Jean-Paul Goude, Karl Lagerfeld, Paolo Roversi, Dominique Issermann, David LaChapelle, Luigi & lango, Alix Malka, Max Abadian, Steven Meisel, Mert & Marcus, Sarah Moon, Pierre et Gilles, Herb Ritts, and Ellen von Unwerth. An entire gallery is dedicated to the collaboration between the couturier and photographer Helmut Newton. The exhibition also features a rotation of 16 of the costumes designed by MUGLER for La Tragédie de Macbeth, shown here for the first time since the 1985 Comédie-Française production at the Festival d'Avignon.
“The work of Thierry Mugler is as distinctive as it is avant-garde. It has an architectural, hyper-feminized style that sublimates the curves of the femme fatale. This creator knows how to distinguish himself through constant innovation and audacious silhouettes that have marked an era, and found a place in the history of fashion. His singular style, a kind of futurist version of New Look with a touch of fantasy and fetishism, is still a powerful influence on today’s generation of couturiers,” says Thierry-Maxime Loriot, exhibition curator.
Read more about the exhibition in our coming special December/January printed issue.