Mugler remains at the forefront of fashion for over three decades.



The News: Balmain SS19 fashion show featured three looks that are exact copies from Mugler’s past collections.

The Scandal: During the Balmain SS19 fashion show, attendees were shocked to recognize several iconic looks from Thierry Mugler’s 70s, 80s, and 90s runway shows. Almost identical copies of three different styles came down the catwalk, call this a homage? No one seemed to think so. Thierry Mugler, himself, called them copies.

Here are the images he shared on his Instagram stories:

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Evidently, the entire SS19 collection was inspired by 70s/80s style, especially with the exaggerated silhouettes. But Broad Rounded Shoulders and strong corset bustiers seemed to mimic Mugler’s signature design aesthetic. Olivier Rousteing copied Mugler’s designs up to a scandalous level, and this didn’t go unnoticed. For the metal bustier, some people can say it is an exact replica, and others might say it was “inspired by.” While the bustier was accessorized differently, the other two designs are blatant copies of Mugler specific designs. Shame on you, Olivier Rousteing.

In 1973, Mugler created his first personal collection called “Café de Paris.” The style of the collection was both sophisticated and urban. 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 1er 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 that outlined a highly recognizable silhouette: prominent shoulders, both “anatomical, and classic,” for a dynamically slender look.

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During the 1980s and 1990s, Thierry Mugler became 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.

His clothes are identified by their style and structure. Mugler, over the next two decades, created a style that was very much of its time: it was strong, angular, and sometimes almost cruel. Shoulders were broad and padded; waists were wasp-like. Prints were banished: Mugler’s clothes came in solid, dominating colors. Collars had exaggerated points or flame-like cutouts. The insect kingdom was a constant influence, as were the ladies and gentlemen of film noir. PVC was often used as his material for his runway pieces, used to create space and robot themes.

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Thierry Mugler created the famous black dress worn by Demi Moore in the 1993 movie Indecent Proposal.

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