A Look Back at Thierry Mugler’s Iconic Designs

The world is mourning the loss of Manfred Thierry Mugler after the unfortunate news of his passing on January 23rd. The French designer is best known for his sculpted, theatrical designs that have graced both the runways and the red carpet for decades. A true visionary, Mugler designed with empowerment in mind, wanting to make women feel sexy and in charge while becoming renowned in the ’80s for his “power-dressing” aesthetic. Upon taking a step back from the runway in the early 2000s, Mugler created coveted fragrances like ANGEL and ALIEN while focusing on costume design, continuing to create masterpieces for the theatre and ballet. The seismic impact he leaves on the world of fashion is dually evident in his own sartorial genius, as well as the creatives his oeuvre will continue to inspire. We’ve rounded up a selection of Mugler’s iconic looks as we celebrate the legendary designer and the legacy he leaves behind.

Linda Evangelista during the “Too Funky” video shoot circa 1992 in Paris, France via Getty.
Ines de la Fressange, 1982-1983 Fall-Winter, Paris, France via Getty.
Diana Ross, 1991 SS RTW via Getty.
AW 1995 via Getty.
AW 1995 via Getty.
FW 1997-1998 via Getty.
FW 1986-1987 via Getty.
AW 1995-1996 via Getty.
March 15 1995 Paris, France via Getty.
Grace Jones backstage at the Fall 1980 Bloomingdales sponsored fashion show via Getty.