TOKYO. French fashion designer Manfred Thierry Mugler, whose dramatic designs were worn by celebrities such as Madonna, Lady Gaga and Cardi B, has died. He was 73 years old.
He died on Sunday, according to his official Instagram account. “May his soul rest in peace,” read the post, which was completely black with no image. He did not name the cause of death.
Mugler, who launched his brand in 1973, became famous for his architectural style, characterized by broad shoulders and a slim waist. The use of plastic futuristic fabric in his sculpted clothing has become a trademark.
He has defined high fashion for decades, dressing Diana Ross and Beyoncé at galas, red carpets and runways.
His designs did not hesitate to be outlandish, at times reminiscent of robotic suits with protruding conical shapes. Mugler also had a popular perfume line that he started in the 1990s.
The fashion world has been filled with an outpouring of sympathy. Bella Hadid, an American model, said “Nonononono” followed by an image of a sad face, and American actress January Jones responded with a heart from her official Instagram accounts.
In addition to clothing, Mugler created films and photographs, was a dancer, acrobat, and also an avid bodybuilder, emphasizing that he always wanted to explore the human body as an art.
“I’ve always felt like a director, and the clothes I made were an everyday trend,” Mugler told Interview magazine.
Questions about his funeral were not immediately answered.