A Brief History of Thierry Mugler

Rumors are swirling that serious talents are being courted to revive cult '90s label Thierry Mugler. For those unfamiliar with the designer and his label's wild history, here's a brief timeline.

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Thierry Mugler was a cult hit in the '80s and '90s -- arguably valued less for his design talent as for his showmanship, staging over-the-top runway collections with plenty of glam (like this one in Paris in 1999).
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In the '90s, he was also a major fixture on the Hollywood fashion scene. Here, he poses with Jerry Hall.
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Here, Mugler parties with Diana Ross at a 1993 party for his perfume, Angel, which continues to be one of the most successful fragrances on the market.
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He was really one of the most visible designers of the now-legendary '90s ultra-glamorous fashion era, palling around with fellow top talents like Jean Paul Gaultier.
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As such, Mugler is, in a way, a symbol of the '90s excess bubble bursting (at least in terms of design): Clarins (the fragrance company that owns his name) shuttered his label in 2003, and Mugler retreated from the spotlight. He took on infrequent projects (like designing the costumes for the Cirque du Soleil's Zumanity), and beefed up to body-builder proportions, eventually taking to calling himself "Manfred."
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Meanwhile, Clarins continued to produce his incredibly successful fragrance, "Angel," signing on Naomi Watts as the face of the perfume. When Watts showed up to the Costume Institute's "Superheroes" exhibit (which featured pieces by Mugler), she wore a Thierry Mugler gown, indicating that the label indended to bring itself back into the womenswear spotlight.
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Meanwhile, the iconic over-the-top Mugler aesthetic already had a fan in one Lady Gaga, a starlet on the rise with a seriously unique sense of style (here in 2008 wearing a Mugler dress).
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Gaga continued to wear Mugler as her popularity (and the fervor around her red carpet appearances) started to skyrocket. Here, she wears a Mugler dress in Germany in 2009.
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Even Hollywood came back to Mugler's eye-catching dresses: Here, Rosario Dawson wears a metallic Mugler dress to an event in Santa Monica in 2009.
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Beyonce was apparently so inspired by seeing Mugler's now infamous 1992 motorcycle bustier at the Costume Institute, she specially comissioned Mugler to design the costumes for her concert tour in 2009.
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Thierry Mugler's womenswear line was officially back on the catwalk this year, though without Mugler officially at the helm. Designer Rosemary Rodriguez was hired to spearhead the design of the line, which featured powerful, '90s-inspired silhouettes and slinky ensembles. As '90s style returned, so did the Mugler name.
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Mugler's presence seems more felt in the label's latest scent, "Womanity," and the somewhat surreal, dreamy video that the brand created to accompany the launch, posted here on YouTube.
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While both designer Gareth Pugh and Nicola Formichetti (Gaga's stylist and contributing fashion editor to V Magazine) were initially rumored to be in the running to revitalize the Thierry Mugler label (and replace current designer Rosemary Rodriguez), ultimately Formichetti won out, and is slated to make his debut in 2011.
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