“I have always tried to sublimate the body and to make people dream.”
Thierry Mugler: Galaxy Glamour, the most recent compendium on one of the 20th Century’s most influential designers, is out now.
While the couture division of Mugler’s House closed in 2003, his aesthetic explored a dramatic narrative populated by supermodels and superstars, or — in the words of the designer himself — “Personalities who know and accept who they are and fashion themselves accordingly.”
As a tribute to the so-called createur de shoc [ "creator of shock" ], I invite you to feast upon a series of clips demonstrative of a runway show in the truest sense of the word: a presentation at its most ostentatious, its most outrageous, its most theatrical.
:: haute couture, paris :: autumn/winter 1997 :: source: the fashion spot forums ::
Thierry Mugler Les défilés Haute Couture
“Fashion is not enough,” Mugler once said. “I am trying to convey sensations and feelings . . . I am always telling stories . . . I invent my characters and put them on stage. For me, clothes are a language.”
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A language, albeit, that is highly-cultivated: structured beyond the ‘natural,’ the free-flowing or colloquial, Mugler’s vocabulary is one steeped in fetishistic visuals and exaggerated ideals.
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Mega-model Kristen Bronson, serving Cemetery Chic
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