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Published on October 4, 2021

"Thierry Mugler: Couturissime" Opens in Paris

Thierry Mugler: Couturissime at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris, 2021. Photo Christophe Delliere

After Montreal, Rotterdam and Munich, Thierry Mugler: Couturissime opened at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs (MAD) in Paris on September 30, 2021, where it will run until April 24, 2022. Created by the MMFA, this major exhibition already seen by nearly 600,000 people celebrates the work of visionary fashion designer, director, perfumer, and photographer Thierry Mugler.

Ready-to-wear and haute couture silhouettes and accessories, stage costumes, photographs, videos, and never-before-seen archival material from 1973 to 2014 trace the fascinating world of Thierry Mugler and his many artistic collaborations in the performing arts, music and cinema.

Organized in multiple acts like an opera, the exhibition thematically combines costumes, animated projections, photos and music to create atmospheres that embody the artist’s various projects since the late 1970s. It includes prints by some of the biggest names in fashion photography as well as works by renowned designers. A new gallery exclusive to the Paris presentation also lets visitors discover the olfactory purview of Mugler, who revolutionized perfumery by launching the trend of “gourmand” perfumes in the 1990s.

An exhibition initiated, produced and circulated by the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, in collaboration with the Maison Mugler, which restored the designer’s heritage couture and ready-to-wear pieces. Presented by the Musée des arts décoratifs (MAD), Paris, with the support of the Maison Mugler.

An exhibition curated by Thierry-Maxime Loriot, guest curator for the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts.

International tour partners: Hans Boodt Mannequins, Christie’s and Tourisme Montréal. Public partners: Ministère de la Culture et des Communications, Canada Council for the Arts and Conseil des arts de Montréal.

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