Paris, Jan 24 (EFE).- French designer Manfred Thierry Mugler, the creator of some of the most iconic dresses of the 1980s and 1990s, has died at the age of 73, his official fashion label announced Monday.
“It is with deep sadness that the House of Mugler announces the passing of Manfred Thierry Mugler,” the fashion house, Mugler, wrote in a post with a photo of a young Mugler on Instagram.
“A visionary whose imagination as a couturier, perfumer and image-maker empowered people around the world to be bolder and dream bigger every day.”
His agent told the Le Monde newspaper that he died from natural causes and that Mugler still had projects and collaborations underway, some of which he was due to announce early this week.
Mugler was known for his theatrical designs, which sometimes resembled robotic suits and risqué dresses inspired by science fiction.
Michael Jackson, Madonna, and Lady Gaga wore his designs.
He helped launch the careers of 90s supermodels Naomi Campbell, Claudia Schiffer, and Linda Evangelista.
His fragrance “Angel” is one of the best-selling perfumes of the 20th century.
After turning down offers such as the post of artistic director at Dior, Mugler decided to step down as head of his brand in 2003, now owned by the L’Oréal group.
The death comes in the middle of Paris Fashion Week, between the end of the Men’s Fashion Week and the start of the Haute Couture event Monday.
Mugler was the subject of a major retrospective exhibition in Montreal in 2019.
The exhibition traveled to several countries, the last of which was Paris, in October 2021. EFE