Boundless Innovation. Outrageous Extravagance. A New Look At A Design Master: Thierry Mugler

“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.”

Les défilés Prêt-à-porter 90

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.

Les défilés Prêt-à-porter 80

Mugler Haute Couture : Fall/Winter 1997/98

Make-Up Maestro Kabuki Starshine, as Mugler model

Thierry Mugler : Spring 1999

Olga Pantushenkova, for Thierry Mugler : Fashion Fetish Fantasy

Mega-model Kristen Bronson, serving Cemetery Chic

Amanda Lear, Thierry Mugler, haute couture, fashion, runway, animated gif

Low Rez / High Pleazh : Look upon The Legendary Amanda Lear, serving such mad dosage of Gloria Swanson‘s carcinogenic glamour in Sunset Blvd. ; CAN’T HANDLE.

Although now : Note
As Duly Noted . . . Additional Destinations for
Further Ocular Spectacularism and Sensory Detail Detonations :

Thierry Mugler Official Website

Official Thierry Mugler YouTube Channel

Comments (16)

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  7. 10:46 pm, January 4, 2011Clint Catalyst  / Reply

    O.K., you guys have done it:

    You’ve inspired me to post more of Mugler’s ever-correct Culturification via couture.

    (This was, after all, the second most popular post in all of 2010—

    As far as I’m concerned, The People Have Spoken!)

    Thanks so much for reading, for commenting, and for all-around being RAD…

    Y o u . A r e . A p p r e c i a t e d ! ♥

  8. 10:18 pm, January 4, 2011Boheme Noir  / Reply

    OMG what a FANTASTIC post!!!

    Thierry Mugler is iconic was one of the most visionary & extravagant designers EVER.

    I love his focus on the out-worldly (Angels, Aliens) and how he uses metal as fashion. His metal corsets were like Angel-Armour.

    PS: Linda Evangelista lighting a cigarette on the runway – hilarious & cool…(I still remember the 80s & 90s when Coke & cigarettes were cool).

  9. 1:54 pm, October 13, 2010Momatella  / Reply

    Thierry Mugler’s fashion is a language that is beyond any words–his “voice” speaks from a completely phantasmical existence. Way beyond his time: Old Hollywood, futuristic Renaissance (Queen Liz’s collar in pearls), outer planetoid insects re-visited by McQueen–except more organic-literate and dark, Moulin Rouge meets ballet. . .

    I will never forget the moment I opened the large and heavy tome from Jared Gold’s studio shelf on Thierry—I was awed and mesmerized.

  10. 5:54 pm, August 9, 2010Ugly Shyla  / Reply

    Oh God that is amazing! I could pee!

  11. 1:21 am, July 7, 2010Kirk  / Reply

    fkn’ wicked stuff, maing!

  12. 5:20 pm, April 29, 2010La Carmina  / Reply


  13. 7:47 pm, April 28, 2010Zoetica  / Reply

    You have KILLED me with this post. Brain, liquefying.

    Gah, thank you for this jaw-dropping [slurrp] reminder of the golden age.

  14. 8:14 am, April 26, 2010Tallulah  / Reply


  15. 10:16 pm, April 25, 2010Neringa  / Reply

    One word-WOW!

    Love it!

  16. 3:14 pm, April 25, 2010HeathyrW  / Reply

    Je’ Taime Thierry….him, Jean Paul Gaultier and Alexander GodBlessMcQueen are my favorites

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