Mean Mugler: The Life of Luxury

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The fashion world suffered a tremendous loss in the wake of the recent death of iconic fashion designer, Thierry Mugler. Mugler was a distinguished figure whose artistic musings contributed to some of the most enigmatic ensembles that ever graced the red carpet. 

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The creative disposition of the French-born designer was apparent long before his Hollywood debut. At the young age of 14, Mugler was invited to join the Ballet of the National Rhine, where he went on to dance professionally for six years. Already immersed in the artistic community, Mugler attended the Strasbourg School of Decorative Art, where the creation of his own clothing began to unfold into a budding career as a fashion designer in Paris by the time he entered his early twenties.

It seems impossible to choose which of his most iconic designs are the most deserving of the spotlight. Despite the sheer volume of his repertoire, one of his simplest and most remarkable pieces appeared on the silver screen in 1993 when a young Demi Moore stunned viewers everywhere with a show-stopping LBD that has cascaded through the decades to its rightful place as a famed fashion statement. Though the ensemble that he crafted for Moore was notably understated as compared to his later designs that boasted provocative personalities expressed through PVC and eclectic patterns, the piece was effortlessly breathtaking and positively perennial.

Throughout the rest of his career, Mugler crafted countless evocative ensembles, but his career began to slow down in the early 2000s. By 2019, Mugler had been immersed in his retirement for over 15 years when he made a comeback to design Kim Kardashian’s famous “wet” dress for the 2019 Met Gala. The theme, “Camp: Notes on Fashion,” inspired Hollywood’s A-listers to debut revolutionary looks. With her immense influence and undeniable poise, Kim Kardashian stunned the crowd at the Met Gala by sporting an intricate latex dress that matched her complexion. The silhouette was adorned with many small crystal beads meant to resemble water droplets. Kardashian and Mugler collaborated with one another to design an ensemble based upon Mugler’s vision of Kardashian stepping out of the ocean, tiny water droplets beading across her skin. Not only did Mugler design a dress that expertly mirrored this vision, but he crafted the look to hug Kardashian’s famous curves with a corset foundation that accentuated her hourglass figure. Suffice it to say, the dress was one of the highlights of the Gala, cementing its position as an iconic statement.

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Mugler’s death at the age of 73 broke the hearts of many around the world, but his legacy is sure to be immortalized through the looks and lives he shaped as he blessed the fashion world with his artistry.

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