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Thierry Mugler

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

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


  • Childhood 1
  • Early career 2
  • Style 3
  • Directing, photography and design 4
  • Fragrances 5
  • Other creations 6
  • Recent developments of fashion brand 7
  • Personal life 8
  • References 9
  • External links 10


Mugler was born in Strasbourg, France on 21 December 1948. His passion led him to focus more on drawing than on school, and at the age of 9, he began to study classical dance. 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.

Early career

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.

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 to launch his career. In 1976, she asked him to show his work in Shiseido.[2] In 1978, he opened his first Paris boutique at the Place des Victoires in the 1er 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.

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


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

Mugler published his first photography book in 1988, Thierry Mugler, Photographe. This 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 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, and also created all of the costumes and the identity of the characters in the show.

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


Angel for men (A*Men)

Mugler’s first perfume appeared in 1992 and was called Angel. "Angel" contains a combination of praline and chocolate mixed with a strong accord 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.

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. [5]

Other creations

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

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 in collaboration with Romain Kremer.[6]

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.[7]

Personal life

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


  1. ^ a b
  2. ^ "Window Display Exhibition in Paris to Commemorate the 30th Anniversary of Shiseido Cosmetics Sales in France" (PDF). 19 August 2010. Retrieved 9 June 2014. 
  3. ^ Thierry Mugler to Design Beyonce Tour Marie Claire, 2008. Accessed 5-29-13
  4. ^ a b Thierry Mugler, Still Creating a Stir NY Times. 2010. Accessed 5-29-13.
  5. ^
  6. ^ Suzy MENKES. "On top of the world".  
  7. ^ Socha, Miles (12 December 2013). "Thierry Mugler Names David Koma Artistic Director". WWD. Retrieved 13 December 2013. 

External links

  • Official site
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