Wednesday, January 26, 2022

Thierry Mugler, Champion of Trans Visibility, Dies at 73


By Krutika Surve

Manfred Thierry Mugle
Manfred Thierry Mugler passed away on January 23, 2022, at the age of 73 from natural causes. The French designer and creative director of his own brand, Mugler was a trailblazer in the fashion industry. He was known for being a pioneer in diversity, opening his runway shows to people of various backgrounds such as trans models, drag queens, and pornstars.

Mugler was one of the first in luxury fashion to truly champion the LGBTQ+ community. Club kids and trans models frequently walked his catwalks, from Connie Fleming to corsetry artist Mr Pearl. His training as a dancer before venturing into fashion informed his high-octane approach to fashion as theatre, with Mugler in 2003 going on to create Zumanity, a Cirque du Soleil show, which premiered in Las Vegas and ran until 2020.

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