Tributes have been pouring in for French fashion designer, Manfred Thierry Mugler, who passed on recently at 74.
The announcement on his verified Instagram account @Mugler read: ” It is with deep sadness that the House of Mugler announces the passing of Mr Manfried Thierry Mugler. A visionary whose imagination as a couturier, perfumer and image-maker empowered people around the world to be bolder and dream bigger everyday.”
The post that was all black with no image, announced his demise though the cause of death was not mentioned.
Mugler, who launched his brand in 1973, became known for his architectural style, defined by broad shoulders and a tiny waist. The use of plastic-like futuristic fabric in his sculpted clothing became a trademark.
He defined haute couture over several decades, dressing up Diana Ross and Beyonce at galas, on red carpets and runways.
His designs weren’t shy about being outlandish, at times resembling robotic suits with protruding cone shapes. Mugler also had a popular perfume line, which he started in the 1990s.
Mugler’s dramatic designs were worn by celebrities like Madonna, Lady Gaga and Cardi B.
The fashion world filled with an outpouring of sympathy. Bella Hadid, an American model, said “No, no, no, no, no,” followed by an image of a sad face, while American 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 newsmen.
Queries on his funeral arrangements were not immediately answered.