Thierry Mugler: Couturissime, now open at Brooklyn Museum, is the first retrospective to explore the fascinating, edgy universe of French designer and creator of iconic perfumes Thierry Mugler. A fashion visionary, Mugler’s bold silhouettes and unorthodox techniques and materials—including glass, Plexiglas, vinyl, latex, and chrome—made their mark on fashion history. 

In the 1970s, Mugler defined trends with his acclaimed “glamazon” chic. In the 1980s and ’90s, Mugler galvanized the renaissance of haute couture through his provocative collections and theatrical fashion shows, during the heyday of the supermodel. Celebrities continue to be drawn to Mugler’s designs: his classic gowns have recently been worn by Beyoncé, Cardi B, and Kim Kardashian. 

The exhibition features more than 100 outfits ranging from haute couture pieces to stage costumes, alongside custom accessories, sketches, videos, images by leading fashion photographers, and spectacular installations that mirror Mugler’s futuristic approach.

A special Art History Happy Hour: Thierry Mugler: Couturissime will take place on Dec. 15, from 6pm.-7:30pm, and 8pm-9:30pm. Enter the fantastical world of the late visionary designer Thierry Mugler with Matthew Yokobosky, Senior Curator of Fashion and Material Culture, and feathercraft designer Eric Charles-Donatien.

Thierry Mugler: Couturissime runs through May 7, 2023. For more information, visit

Cover photo: Alan Strutt (British, born 1967). Yasmin Le Bon, Palladium, London, 1997. Evening Standard, October 1997. Haute couture Fall/Winter 1997–98 collection (“La Chimère”). © Alan Strutt

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