The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (MMFA) is pleased to announce the presentation, in March 2019, of the first exhibition on French creator Thierry Mugler. Conceived, produced and put on tour by the MMFA, this exhibition will reveal the multiple universes of this undeniably artistic figure – visionary couturier, director, photographer and perfumer – in a retrospective of his work, especially his ready-to-wear and haute couture creations.
This impressive exhibition, premiering in Montreal, will bring together more than 130 outfits, most of them never shown before, created between 1973 and 2001, as well as many unseen archive documents and photos by great artists and photographers.
The exhibition trace the path of an exceptional creator who revolutionized fashion with morphological and futuristic cuts, and glamorous, sculptural and elegant silhouettes; strict lines and super-heroine shoulders; and a corseted waist dressing a sublime, sensual and powerful woman in constant metamorphosis. The exhibition offers a dive into his singular imagination, to encounter by turns his perfectionism, Hollywood-style prestige, dreams, exotic creatures, eroticism, and science fiction. It will explain his audacious choices, such as using innovative materials in high fashion such as metal, fake fur, vinyl and latex.
Thierry Mugler has staged some of the most spectacular fashion shows of his time. He created the costumes for the staging of Shakespeare’s Macbeth by the Comédie Française and the Festival d’Avignon, and the Zumanity show by the Cirque du Soleil. He has dressed a galaxy of stars, such as Diana Ross, David Bowie, Lady Gaga, Liza Minnelli and, in Quebec, Diane Dufresne and Céline Dion. He has also created costumes for Mylène Farmer and Beyoncé for their tours and videos.
As a photographer and film-maker, he created the emblematic 1990s clip Too Funky by British singer George Michael, as well as short films starring actresses Isabelle Huppert and Juliette Binoche. Over the course of his career, Thierry Mugler has had many collaborations with filmmakers, architects such as Andrée Putman for his boutiques, and renowned photographers and artists, such as Helmut Newton, Dominique Issermann, Guy Bourdin, Herb Ritts, Peter Lindbergh, David Lachapelle and Pierre & Gilles.
© Patrice Stable / Thierry Mugler.
An exhibition initiated, produced and circulated by the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, in collaboration with the Groupe Clarins and the Maison Mugler.
It was curated by Thierry-Maxime Loriot under the direction of Nathalie Bondil, Director General and Chief Curator of the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts.
"the first presentation of his fantastical creations is being prepared for a museum show in Montreal"
"The designer was indeed ahead of his time"
"Manfred Thierry Mugler deserves to be recognized and applauded as a unique and important player on the fashion stage."
Suzy Menkes, Vogue
"In what will be a first for the designer Thierry Mugler, the Montreal Museum of Fine arts is to stage a sprawling exhibition of his multidisciplinary work."
"Most of the 130 outfits, spanning 1973 through 2001, will be shown for the first time"
Rosemary Feitelberg, WWD.com (Women’s Wear Daily) (États-Unis)
« Le créateur français qui a fait de sa mode une ode au spectaculaire est à l’honneur d’une exposition solo au Musée des Beaux-Arts de Montréal ».
Manon Guarrigues, Vogue.fr (Vogue Paris)
"[Mugler’s] couture collections were symbolic symphonies of the exotic and erotic, (hyper)futuristic and (hyper)feminine, science fiction, and sublime—a story of silhouettes, told through impossibly cinched waists, avant-garde styling, and unconventional materials."
"[Thierry-Maxime] Loriot and [Nathalie] Bondil themselves are bringing a new, fresh approach to their domain, as museums increasingly open their doors to fashion—and massive acclaim."
Philip Mak, Nuvo (Canada)
"Thierry Mugler gets a massive exhibition"
"We will 100 % be buying a ticket."
Hope Williams, Dazeddigital (England)
« Cette expo inédite sera l’occasion de découvrir l’univers déjanté de l’excentrique Thierry Mugler à travers sa mode radicale et féminine à la fois. »
Manon Baeza, Konbini (France)