For high-end fashion enthusiasts around the world, Thierry Mugler was the name to know ever since he broke onto the scene with his first collection in 1973. But, to the sadness of many, the creative visionary passed away at the age of 73 earlier this week. Here's what we know.
On January 23, news broke of the passing of the famed French designer. His personal Instagram page released a touching statement, calling him a "visionary whose imagination as a couturier, perfumer, and image-maker, empowered people around the world to be bolder and dream bigger every day." And while details surrounding the nature of his passing were not immediately released, the tributes instantly started pouring in from those who had the pleasure of working with the late legend. Countless celebrities flocked to social media to share their own stories and photographs with the Strasbourg-born artist. Entertainment legend Diana Ross was one of the many who came forward, writing on Twitter, "I will miss you, Thierry Mugler, this was a wonderful time in our lives," with an image (below) dating back decades. And as other stories and images emerged, it became even more clear what a profound impact Thierry had on the fashion world throughout his life.
Over the years, stars fought tooth and nail for the chance to be styled in one of Mugler's high-end creations. His popularity especially heightened following David Bowie's 1979 Saturday Night Live appearance, where the visionary designed the singer's famed dress that soon caught international attention. From that point on, Thierry's brand became synonymous with all things rebellious in fashion. He rejected trends and norms, rather crafting his own unique narrative, which would be worn by celebrities including Naomi Campbell, Tyra Banks, Madonna, and many more.
Even after retiring from the brand in 2003, the designer's impact only continued to grow. From Lady Gaga to Rihanna and Dua Lipa, many more of today's biggest stars have kept his vision alive by sporting his luxurious pieces. With Theirry's passing coming so close after André Leon's, it's safe to say that the world of fashion will be mourning for quite some time to come. Stay tuned for further updates.