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The Mugler Icon

By Micha Christos

MUSEE 

DES ARTS DECORATIFS

Paris

 September 30, 2021 -  April 24,2022

 

THIERRY MUGLER

COUTURISSIME

Jerry Hall and Thierry Mugler 1996 

- Tirage Numérique - The Helmut Newton Foundation, Berlin  

© The Helmut Newton Estate 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris is hosting the exhibition, "Thierry Mugler, Couturissime", designed, produced and roamed by the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (MMFA).

The exhibition traces the work of the creator with a singular imagination who revolutionized fashion, haute couture and perfume.

 

Multidisciplinary icon, visionary artist, photographer, inventor of scents and director, Mugler fascinates with his universe, his energy and his multiple artistic collaborations.

 

From the 1970s until 2002, when Thierry Mugler turned the page on fashion, the couturier showed all his daring and his inventiveness definitely marked the silhouette of the '80s.

 

In the '90s, his parades with the most prominent top models of the moment contributed to the renaissance of Haute Couture in its most spectacular

Claudia Lynx Collection 

20 years anniversary - Fall-winter ready-to-wear 1995-96 - The Helmut Newton Foundation, Berlin 

 © The Helmut Newton Estate 


Thierry Mugler 

Vogue -Paris 1998  -Belleville Hills Paris  

© Jean Paule Goude 

Gisèle Bünchen 

- New York 2018 -Collection Superstar Diana Ross 

Prêt-à-porter printemps-été 1991  

© Luigi & Iango

 

 

 

 

"Thierry Mugler, Couturissime" is organized like an opera in several acts with themes for costumes, projections, photographs and music to recreate the ambience of the Mugler dream in all its facets.

 

Giving pride of place to excess, Mugler plays with his fantastic bestiary of unreal wasp-sized microfauna in the abyss of the deep sea.

 

Articulated creatures of iridescent scales, crystals, feathers and horsehair are absolute masterpieces of couture, as are these nymphs in seashell bustiers and extravagant organza jellyfish.

 

Science fiction with its comic book super heroines happily rubs shoulders with surprising creatures made of futuristic materials. Mugler humorously imagined removable or “convertible” sleeves, “bumper” bustiers and “radiator” belts.


David Bowie during the filming of the music video for the song

You Belong in Rock’n ‘Roll du groupe Tin Machine. 

Les Cow-Boys Collection Spring-Summer 1992 Ready-to-Wear

© Brian Aris 

Aris Prints 2017 

 

 

 

 

Mugler has collaborated with the greatest artists and fashion photographers such as Guy Bourdin, Jean-Paul Goude, Karl Lagerfeld, Dominique Issermann, David LaChapelle, Luigi & Iango, Sarah Moon, Pierre et Gilles, Paolo Roversi, Herb Ritts and Ellen von Unwerth and of course Helmut Newton.

 

As early as 1976, Thierry Mugler took his own shots for his advertising campaigns, notably for his perfume Angel with Jerry Hall from Greenland to the Sahara and even on the roofs of the Paris Opera.

 

Mugler's “glamzone” is a chic, modern, urban and totally glamorous woman. She plays with latex and vinyl, subversive materials elevating eroticism and fetishism to the rank of classics.

 Alan Strutt, Yasmin Le Bon 

- London 1997- Haute Couture fall-winter 1997-98

La Chimère collection

© Alan Strutt


Jerry Hall 

Les Insects Haute Couture Spring-Summer 1997

© Dominique Issermann

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Director of George Michael's music video “Too Funky”, he likes to invite Hollywood celebrities from Tippi Hedren to Sharon Stone to diva Diana Ross to mingle with models from the '90s during his fashion shows. He signs for his music shows and staging.

 

His taste for the show made him imagine Macbeth's costumes for the Comédie Française at the Avignon Festival in 1985.

 

This superlative exhibition allows us to rediscover a total artist who marked his time with his fantasies, with sculptural morphologies as elegant as they are futuristic.

 

Thierry Mugler will forever remain a source of inspiration for future generations.

 


Claude Heidemeyer  Opéra Garnier Paris 1986 Manfred  

© Thierry Mugler 

20 Years Anniversary Collection 

Haute Couture Fall winter 1995-1996  

© Patrice Stable