French fashion designer Thierry Mugler, who was known for his bold and risque designs and taking over the ’80s fashion scene, died on January 23rd, 2022, due to natural causes, according to his agent. He was 73.

His official Instagram account put up a plain, all-black image with an accompanying caption that announced the passing of the legendary designer.

After launching his brand in 1973, Mugler became famous for his architectural style that was defined by broad shoulders and a tiny waist. The designer was known for using plastic-like futuristic fabric in his sculpted clothing, which eventually went on to become his signature style. He defined haute couture over several decades, and his designs have been worn by the likes of David Bowie, George Michael, Sharon Stone, among many others. The designer’s connection with Bowie was so strong that he dressed him for his wedding to Iman. In the later years, he dressed Beyonce and Lady Gaga, and, in 2019, came out of retirement to create Kim Kardashian’s Met Gala look.

Born in Strasbourg in December 1948, he arrived in Paris aged 20 and created his own label ‘Cafe de Paris’ in 1973, a year before founding ‘Thierry Mugler’.  He was known for organising spectacular public presentations of his creations and was also celebrated for his ‘Angel’ scent. The designer was due to announce new collaborations in this week, his agent Jean-Baptiste Rougeot told AFP.

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