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24 January 2022

Beyonce and Kylie Minogue lead tributes to French fashion designer Thierry Mugler

24 January 2022

Beyonce has led tributes to French fashion designer Manfred Thierry Mugler following his death aged 73.

Mugler died on Sunday January 23 a post on his official Instagram page announced.

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.”

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.

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.

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.

In 2019 he designed Kim Kardashian’s Met Gala outfit, a body-hugging latex dress that looked like she was dripping wet.

Kim Kardashian-West attending the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Benefit Gala 2019 in New York, USA. (PA Archive)

She is quoted as telling US Vogue at the event: “This is the first time in 20 years Mr Mugler has designed for the House of Mugler.

“So to come and design this gown for me is such an honour.

“This is about eight months in the making.

“He envisioned me this California girl stepping out of the ocean, wet, dripping.”

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.”

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.”

Last year hip-hop star Cardi B attended the opening of the Thierry Mugler: Couturissime exhibition at the Musee des Arts Decoratifs in the French capital.

She wore a piece from the French fashion designer’s 1995 couture collection, a dramatic red-sequinned dress, cape and a ring of crimson feathers framing her face.

A second shot showed her without the cape and showcased a pair of matching red, elbow-length gloves.

His designs also featured in films, notably a black dress worn by actress Demi Moore in 1993’s Indecent Proposal.

During a 2019 interview, conducted by American actress and model Tippi Hedren for Interview Magazine, he said: “I never say I’m a fashion designer.

“I’ve always felt like a director, and the clothes I did were a direction of the every day.

“There are women with small waists and big shoulders, so it’s not much of an exaggeration to me.

“The shoulders were always important.

“In dance, I learned about the position of the neck, and the way you should stand.”

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