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Tributes paid to French fashion designer Thierry Mugler, who has died aged 73

His dramatic designs were worn by celebrities like Madonna, Lady Gaga and Cardi B.

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Updated Jan 24th 2022, 3:25 PM

TRIBUTES HAVE BEEN paid to French fashion designer Manfred Thierry Mugler, following his death at the age of 73. 

He died on Sunday, his official Instagram account said.

It said: “We are devastated to announce the passing of Mr Manfred Thierry Mugler on Sunday January 23rd 2022. May his soul Rest In Peace.”

It did not give a cause of death.

The designer, who launched his brand in the early 1970s, extended his name to beyond fashion and launched a successful perfume line in the 1990s.

2.64920848 Thierry Mugler on the catwalk. Source: PA

He was known for his architectural designs, playing around with shapes – he favoured a cinched waist with broad shoulders – while always accentuating and showing off the female form.

His designs were not shy about being outlandish, at times resembling robotic suits with protruding cone shapes.

Singer Beyonce paid tribute to Mugler, who designed the costumes for her I am… World Tour in 2009, on her official website, posting a black and white picture of the designer with the words ‘Rest In Peace’ above it.

Other celebrities who have donned his outfits over the years include David Bowie, Madonna, Lady Gaga, Cardi B and singer Diana Ross.

Ross paid tribute on Twitter, writing: “I will miss you Thierry Mugler this was a wonderful time in our lives.”

Rita Ora shared a series of images to her Instagram of her wearing blue jeans with black panels in the back designed by the Frenchman.

She wrote: “Thank you for all the joy you brought us through your creations.

“I had to represent in rehearsals today in any way I could. #ripthierrymugler.”

Actress and former model Diane Kruger shared images of her on the catwalk wearing his designs and recalled how she was “star struck” meeting the designer.

She added: “What he saw in a skinny 16 year old and let her walk his catwalk with all the amazonian Supermodels remains a mystery to me, but it was the experience of a lifetime.

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“He was an incredible force of imagination, he dared women to wear their sexual powers like a weapon. Rest in power.”

Model Georgia May Jagger was among those leaving tributes on the Instagram post announcing his death, writing: “I cannot believe this is true sending love to you all. Thierry was a force of creativity and kindness”, with singer Kylie Minogue posting: “Deepest condolences (heart emoji) A true visionary. Thank you for your art Manfred.”

A message was also posted on the official Mugler fashion house Instagram account reading: “It is with deep sadness that the House of Mugler announces the passing of Mr Manfred Thierry Mugler.

“A visionary whose imagination as a couturier, perfumer and image-maker empowered people around the world to be bolder and dream bigger every day.”

2.64920846 French fashion designer Jean Paul Gaultier and Thierry Mugler try on jackets during the Aids Gala at the Folies Bergeres in Paris, France in 1992. Source: PA

US model Bella Hadid said “Nonononono”, followed by an image of a sad face, while US actress January Jones responded with a heart mark, from their official Instagram accounts.

Besides clothes, Mugler created films and photographs, and was a dancer, acrobat as well as avid body-builder, stressing he always wanted to explore the human body as art.

“I’ve always felt like a director, and the clothes I did were a direction of the everyday,” Mugler told Interview Magazine.

Queries on his funeral arrangements were not immediately answered.

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