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Thierry Mugler: Couturissime | The Fashion Expo at the MMFA

Thierry Mugler: Couturissime | The Fashion Expo at the MMFA


From March 2 to September 8, 2019, Thierry Mugler: Couturissime explores the multiple universes of Thierry Mugler, visionary couturier, director, photographer and perfumer. Initiated, produced and presented by the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (MMFA), this major exhibition traces the work of an original creative force who revolutionized fashion and haute couture.

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Toni Garr, Germany, 2009. ©Karl Lagerfeld

Thierry Mugler: Couturissime features some 150 outfits – most restored and exhibited for the first time – produced between 1977 and 2014, in addition to accessories, theatre costumes, videos, film clips, videos, archives and unpublished sketches.

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Jerry Hall, 1997. ©Dominique Issermann

It also presents a hundred rare prints by the greatest fashion photographers and artists, including Karl Lagerfeld and Herb Ritts to name only a few. An entire gallery is dedicated to the collaboration between the couturier and photographer Helmut Newton.

Thierry Mugler
Eva Herzigova, Paris, 1992. ©Ellen von Unwerth

The exhibition also features a rotation of 16 of the costumes designed by Mugler for La Tragédie de Macbeth, shown here for the first time since the 1985 Comédie-Française production at the Festival d’Avignon.

Thierry Mugler
Yasmin Le Bon on stage at the Palladium, London, 1997. ©Alan Strutt

As Mugler was happy to tell us: “People have offered to exhibit my work a number of times, but the idea of simply looking back has never interested me. The MMFA with Nathalie Bondil and Thierry-Maxime Loriot were the right people, with the right approach, to reinvent the past with innovative staging, eclectic melanges and a new vision of my work. There is no future without a past, so I hope that this exhibition will inspire in its visitors a new creative future.”

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About Thierry Mugler

Manfred Thierry Mugler revived French haute couture, at a time when it was competing with New York cool and Milanese expertise. He created an architectural style and bold silhouettes imbued with fantasy. His severe suits with superheroine shoulders and corseted waists clothe a woman who is sublimated, powerful and sensual. Mugler experiments with avant-garde techniques and materials – glass, plexiglass, PVC, faux fur, vinyl, latex, chrome – in his high-tech, “industrial couture” atelier-labs. His creations evoke by turns Hollywood glamour, dreams, fauna, eroticism and science fiction.

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Mugler directed the iconic “Too Funky” music video with singer George Michael. He was the first to stage fashion shows – the most spectacular of the period – with the generation of supermodels. He has dressed a myriad of celebrities, including David Bowie, Lady Gaga, Céline Dion, and Beyoncé.

Thierry Mugler
Jerry Hall and Thierry Mugler, 1996. ©The Helmut Newton Estate

Here is what you need to know about Thierry Mugler: Couturissime

Date: March 2, 2019 — September 8, 2019
Location: Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (MMFA). 1380 Sherbrooke St W, Montreal, QC H3G 1J5
Admission Fees: Ticket prices vary depending on day, time and age
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