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Thierry Mugler : biography

1948 –

Thierry Mugler () is a French fashion designer and creator of several perfumes.

Other creations

In 2006, Thierry Mugler completed a project for the launch of Tom Tykwer’s film "Perfume". In collaboration with the IFF company, Thierry Mugler created a box set of fifteen compositions.

During 2007, still following the metamorphosis theme, Mugler launched Mirror, Mirror, a collection of five fragrances, created as "perfume-trickery" to "enhance one’s presence".

Early career

At the age of 24, Mugler decided to travel the world and left Strasbourg to go live in Paris. He began designing clothes for a Parisian boutique by the name of "Gudule". At 26, Mugler, who was working as a freelance designer, began to work for a variety of large ready-to-wear fashion houses in Paris, Milan, London and Barcelona.

In 1973 Mugler created his first personal collection called "Café de Paris". The style of the collection was both sophisticated and urban. Melka Tréanton, a powerful fashion editor, helped launched his career. In 1976, she asked him to show his work in Tokyo, for an event organized by Shiseido. In 1978 he opened his first Paris boutique at the place des Victoires (in the 1st arrondissement). At the same time, Thierry Mugler launched a fashion collection for men. For this collection, he reworked classical masculinity giving it a definitively modern style. A clean, precise, structured cut which outlined a highly-recognizable silhouette: prominent shoulders, both "anatomical and classic", for a dynamic and slender look.

During the 1980s and 1990s Thierry Mugler had become an internationally recognized designer and his collections garnered much commercial success. At the request of the Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture, he completed his first haute couture collection in 1992.

He also created the famous black dress worn by Demi Moore in the 1993 movie, Indecent Proposal.


In 2008, the Mugler’s brand launched Thierry Mugler Beauty, a high-end line of cosmetics.

In September 2010, Nicola Formichetti was announced to be the new Creative Director of the Thierry Mugler brand. He changed the brand name to MUGLER, removing the first name, and in January 2011, he launched the brand’s first menswear collection.

An April 2010 New York Times story discussed Mugler’s cosmetic transformation of his face body and genitals. "[Mugler has] taken to calling himself Manfred and transformed his body…into what is apparently a 240-pound spectacle of muscle and nipple and tattoo…"

With over two years of being the creative director of MUGLER, Formichetti announced in April, 2013 that he and the fashion house will be parting ways.

Personal life

Mugler is also a bodybuilder in his personal life.


Mugler was born in Strasbourg, France on 21 December 1948. His passion led him to focus more on drawing than on school and at the age of 9, he began to study classical dance. By 14, he joined the ballet corps for the Rhin Opera (Opéra national du Rhin).

At the same time, Mugler began taking classes in interior design at the Strasbourg School of Decorative Art.

Directing, photography and design

Mugler published his first photography book in 1988, "Thierry Mugler, Photographe". This first book was followed by a monograph in 1999 entitled, “Fashion Fetish Fantasy” which assembles photos of his creations.

Mugler also directs short films, advertising films and video clips. He regularly designs costumes for musical comedies, concerts, operas and the theatre (including Macbeth for the Comédie Française). He has worked with such artists as Robert Altman and George Michael (he directed the video for Michael’s "Too Funky" in 1992). He also directed the first advertising film for one of his fragrances, Alien.

In 2002 Mugler collaborated with the Cirque du Soleil. He directed "Extravaganza", one of the scenes of Zumanity, but also created all of the costumes and the identity of the characters in the show.

In 2009, Thierry Mugler worked as artistic advisor to singer Beyoncé. Marie Claire, 2008. Accessed 5-29-13 He created the costumes for her "I Am… World Tour".


Thierry Mugler’s first perfume appeared in 1992 and was called Angel. "Angel" contains a combination of praline and chocolate mixed with a strong accent of patchouli.

The Angel bottle, a design in the shape of a faceted star, was created by the Brosse Master Glassmakers. Other perfumes have been developed to enrich the brand’s fragrance universe, including three major fragrances: A*Men, Mugler Cologne and Alien.

In 2005, Alien was created, the second major Thierry Mugler fragrance. Also in 2005, Thierry Mugler launched the Thierry Mugler Perfume Workshops" which are open to the general public and led by specialists of the perfumery and oenology world.

Angel and Alien together produce about $280 million dollars in sales annually. NY Times. 2010. Accessed 5-29-13.

In 2010, the fragrance Womanity was released by the house of Mugler. The perfume also had a website which corresponded with its release (


His clothes are identified by their style and their structure.