Thierry Mugler: galaxy glamour
The designs of the iconic French couturier Thierry Mugler convey a powerful and seductive image of womanhood. His architectural, ultra-stylized silhouettes, his exploration of new materials, his passion for staging and spectacle, and his futuristic fantasies have left an indelible impression on the world of fashion.
Divided into five key themes that embody Mugler's aesthetic--fantasy, anatomy, metamorphosis, heroines, and stars--this colorful anthology features examples of all his classic work, from outrageous catwalk shows to extravagant accessories. Celebrities, supermodels, and muses appear in original sketches and photographs by Mugler himself, along with images from some of the great names of fashion photography, including Helmut Newton, Guy Bourdin, and Jean-Paul Goude.
The book moves from the founding of the house in the 1970s, through the cutting-edge couture of the 1980s and 1990s, to today's best-selling fragrances and the styling of spectacular shows and concerts for BeyonceÌ and Cirque du Soleil.
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Thierry Mugler: Galaxy GlamourUser Review - Book Verdict
This is a picturesque biography of an iconic fashion, fragrance, and jewelry designer whose ostentatious style is redolent of Ziggy Stardust, Marilyn Monroe, Marilyn Manson, and the queen of pop herself, Madonna. The textual and visual content of the book is arranged in five brief chapters aptly entitled "Fantasy," "Anatomy," "Metamorphosis," "Heroines," and "Stars." Bott also wrote Chanel: Collections and Creations, a book that like her latest is image heavy and easy to read. While it's true that Mugler's signature style was born in the 1970s and popular in the 1980s, he's far from passé. On the contrary, this reviewer currently reeks of Mugler's popular new fragrance, Alien. Also, his artistic fashions were featured in the 2008 Metropolitan Museum of Art exhibition Superheroes: Fashion and Fantasy, where Beyoncé Knowles first learned of Mugler and soon after hired him to be costume designer and art director for her I Am… world tour. VERDICT This is a fabulous coffee-table book for those who love haute couture.—Jennifer H. Pollock, Univ. of Cincinnati Lib.