Art Guide: “Thierry Mugler: Couturrisime” at Montreal Museum of Fine Arts

Kim Kardashian, Cardi B, Beyoncé: why is everyone wearing Mugler at the moment? If you would guess from the red carpet appearances of the Hollywood mafia recently, you’d think it was the late 1980s. In fact, it’s all archival, and the archive belongs to the inimitable Thierry Mugler. The French couturier, set designer, and walking sartorial myth – exclusively interviewed in the most recent issue of DANSK – has recently opened the doors to his vast oeuvre of creations – currently on display in Montreal. By revisiting his prêt-à-porter and haute couture creations, the retrospective exhibition Thierry Mugler: Couturrisime sets out to explore, for the first time,  the multiple worlds of this irrepressible artistic figure – at once visionary couturier, director, photographer and perfumer. From his early years under the brand “Café de Paris” to his hey-days in the 80s and 90s, Mugler pushed fashion forward in the 20th century perhaps more than any other. His alien and hyper-sexy aesthetic embodied posthuman ideas as they were being explored in philosophy, and instead of compromising, Mugler abandoned the fashion world as quickly as he had won it over. More recently, Mugler – now re-named as Manfred – has devoted his time to set and costume design for theatre and ballets. Thierry Mugler: Couturissime brings together more than 140 garments made between 1973 and 2001, most of which are being shown for the first time, as well as a wealth of unpublished archival documents and sketches. With collaborators such as Helmut Newton, Sarah Moon, Pierre et Gilles, David LaChapelle, Guy Bourdin and Richard Avedon, you’re promised a true slice of fashion history.

 

Thierry Mugler: Couturissime
The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts
Until September 2019
Curated by Thierry-Maxime Loriot