The world premiere exhibition Thierry Mugler: Couturissime is enjoying great success in Montreal. Produced by the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (MMFA), the exhibition, which explores the work of Thierry Mugler, has attracted more than 200,000 visitors since it opened to the public on March 2. It will be on display until September 8, 2019.
Visionary couturier, director, photographer and perfumer, Mugler revolutionized fashion with sculptural creations that are both futuristic and elegant. He has staged some of the most spectacular fashion shows of his time and breathed new life into haute couture with his use of new materials such as metal, latex and fake fur. The MMFA is presenting the first retrospective exhibition devoted to this fantastically imaginative creator. Thierry Mugler: Couturissime features some 150 outfits – most restored and exhibited for the first time – produced between 1977 and 2014, in addition to numerous accessories, videos, and unpublished sketches. The exhibition includes costumes Mugler created for La Tragédie de Macbeth, shown for the first time since the 1985 Comédie-Française production at the Festival d’Avignon. In addition, it includes the costumes he designed for Cirque du Soleil’s Zumanity and a number of creations for artists such as Beyoncé, David Bowie and Lady Gaga. Rounding out the exhibition are one hundred rare prints by the greatest fashion photographers and artists, including Guy Bourdin, Dominique Issermann and Paolo Roversi. An entire gallery is dedicated to the collaboration between the couturier and photographer Helmut Newton.
Image: View of the exhibition Thierry Mugler: Couturissime. Photo: © Marc Cramer