The first ever Thierry Mugler exhibition soon in Paris


If the singular couturier has long refused to have his work exhibited, this first retrospective exhibition will create the event in 2019 by moving to Montreal and then to Rotterdam and Munich. The legendary French designer Thierry Mugler will now be on display at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris in September. On the programme? One hundred and fifty ready-to-wear and haute couture outfits, stage costumes, as well as clips, videos, archives and sketches made between 1977 and 2014.

Between the health crisis and the renovation of the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, the famous exhibition “Thierry Mugler: Couturissime” could not take place in Paris as planned in 2020. But fans of this outstanding designer can rest assured: the doors should finally open from 30 September 2021 to 24 April 2022. This major retrospective initiated, produced and toured by the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (MMFA) retraces the work of the man who revolutionised fashion, haute couture and perfume. An exceptional tour worthy of his work, conceived “as an opera in six acts”.

“Metamorphoses, superheroines and cyborgs are already present in Mugler’s work, who very early on perceived the revolutions of a future transhumanism. His elegantly bodied creatures, his dangerous and seductive women, populate a world of glamour and seduction at the frontiers of reality,” summarized Nathalie Bondil, Executive Director and Chief Curator of the MBAM. As you may have guessed, the mythical robot women, insects and birds are obviously in the spotlight, as are his stage costumes from William Shakespeare’s “The Tragedy of Macbeth”, worn by the Comédie-Française troupe during the Avignon Festival.

We will also find his work resulting from his musical collaborations such as George Michael’s music videos, then cinematographic with short films starring the actresses Isabelle Huppert and Juliette Binoche. Also to be seen? Exceptional photographs by artists and fashion photographers such as Guy Bourdin, Jean-Paul Goude, Karl Lagerfeld, David LaChapelle, Pierre et Gilles or Paolo Roversi… In short, a must-see for fashion enthusiasts.

Thierry Mugler: couturissime, from 30 September 2021 to 24 April 2022. Musée des Arts Décocoratifs, 107 Rue de Rivoli, Paris I.

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