Thierry Mugler

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Thierry Mugler
Born December 21, 1948
Strasbourg, France
Nationality French
Occupation Fashion designer, Perfume designer
Known for Angel fragrance, Perfumes

Thierry Mugler (French pronunciation: ​[tjɛʁi myɡˈle]) is a French fashion designer and creator of several perfumes.

Childhood[edit]

Mugler was born in Strasbourg, France on 21 December, 1948. His passion led him to focus more on drawing than on school,[citation needed] and at the age of 9, he began to study classical dance.[citation needed] By 14, he joined the ballet corps for the Rhin Opera (Opéra national du Rhin).[1]

At the same time, Mugler began formal interior design training at the Strasbourg School of Decorative Art.[citation needed]

Early career[edit]

At the age of 24, Mugler moved to Paris, France. He began designing clothes for Parisian boutique, Gudule. At 26, Mugler, who was working as a freelance designer, began to design for a variety of large ready-to-wear fashion houses in Paris, Milan, London and Barcelona.[citation needed]

In 1973, Mugler created his first personal collection called "Café de Paris". The style of the collection was both sophisticated and urban. Melka Tréanton, a powerful fashion editor, helped launched his career. In 1976, she asked him to show his work in Tokyo, Japan, for an event organized by Shiseido.[2] In 1978, he opened his first Paris boutique at the Place des Victoires (in the 1st Arrondissement). At the same time, Thierry Mugler launched a fashion collection for men. For this collection, he reworked classical masculinity, giving it a definitively modern style. A clean, precise, structured cut which outlined a highly recognizable silhouette: prominent shoulders, both "anatomical and classic", for a dynamically slender look.

During the 1980s and 1990s, Thierry Mugler became an internationally recognized designer, and his collections garnered much commercial success. At the request of the Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture, he completed his first haute couture collection in 1992.[citation needed]

He also created the famous black dress worn by Demi Moore in the 1993 movie, Indecent Proposal.

Style[edit]

An evening dress by Thierry Mugler in an Indianapolis Museum of Art exhibit.
A vintage dress by Thierry Mugler in an Indianapolis Museum of Art exhibit.

His clothes are identified by their style and their structure.

Directing, photography and design[edit]

Mugler published his first photography book in 1988, "Thierry Mugler, Photographe".[citation needed] This first book was followed by a monograph in 1999 entitled, “Fashion Fetish Fantasy” which assembles photos of his creations.

Mugler also directs short films, advertising films and video clips. He regularly designs costumes for musical comedies, concerts, operas and the theatre (including Macbeth for the Comédie Française). He has worked with such artists as Robert Altman and George Michael (he directed the video for Michael's "Too Funky" in 1992). He also directed the first advertising film for one of his fragrances, Alien.

In 2002 Mugler collaborated with the Cirque du Soleil. He directed "Extravaganza", one of the scenes of Zumanity, but also created all of the costumes and the identity of the characters in the show.

In 2009, Thierry Mugler worked as artistic advisor to singer Beyoncé.[3] He created the costumes for her "I Am... World Tour".[1]

Fragrances[edit]

Angel for men (A*Men)

Thierry Mugler’s first perfume appeared in 1992 and was called Angel. "Angel" contains a combination of praline and chocolate mixed with a strong accent of patchouli. It would be a part of a new fragrance type called gourmand.

The Angel bottle, a design in the shape of a faceted star, was created by the Brosse Master Glassmakers.

Then in 1996 Mugler followed up Angel with a male version named Angel Men or A*Men. This fragrance includes notes of caramel, coffee vanilla, patchouli, and honey just to name a few from the vast amount of notes.

In 2005, Alien was created, the second major Thierry Mugler fragrance. Also in 2005, Thierry Mugler launched the Thierry Mugler Perfume Workshops", which are open to the general public and led by specialists of the perfumery and oenology world.

Angel and Alien together produce about $280 million in sales annually.[4]

In 2010, the fragrance Womanity was released by the house of Mugler. The perfume also had a website which corresponded with its release (womanity.com).

Other creations[edit]

In 2006, Thierry Mugler completed a project for the launch of Tom Tykwer's film "Perfume". In collaboration with the IFF company, Thierry Mugler created a box set of fifteen compositions.

During 2007, still following the metamorphosis theme, Mugler launched Mirror, Mirror, a collection of five fragrances, created as "perfume-trickery" to "enhance one’s presence".

Recent developments of fashion brand[edit]

In 2008, the Mugler's brand launched Thierry Mugler Beauty, a high-end line of cosmetics.

In September 2010, Nicola Formichetti was announced to be the new Creative Director of the Thierry Mugler brand. He changed the brand name to MUGLER, removing the first name, and in January 2011, he launched the brand's first menswear collection.

An April 2010 New York Times story discussed Mugler's cosmetic transformation of his face body and genitals. "[Mugler has] taken to calling himself Manfred and transformed his body...into what is apparently a 240-pound spectacle of muscle and nipple and tattoo..."

With over two years of being the creative director of MUGLER, Formichetti announced in April, 2013 that he and the fashion house will be parting ways.

In December 2013, House of Mugler announced that David Koma is the new creative director.[5]

Personal life[edit]

Mugler is also a bodybuilder in his personal life.[4]

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