Thierry Mugler, “in a stubborn and contrary direction”

Thierry Mugler, “in a stubborn and contrary direction”

Andrea Tuzio · 4 months ago · Style

“You have to have guts to be happy; you have to be brave”.
Thierry Mugler was courageous, most of all. At 73, one of the most brazenly surprising, provocative, talented and extreme couturiers of the last 40 years, French designer Thierry Mugler, passed away yesterday. 

 
 
 
 
 
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“It is with deep sadness that Maison Mugler announces the passing of Manfred Thierry Mugler. A visionary whose imagination as a couturier, perfumer and creator of images allowed people around the world to be bolder and dream bigger every day”, with these words the maison he founded announced the designer’s passing through a post on Instagram.

A man who never gave up, who fought against judgments that were too hasty, who got up after falling and who reacted to life’s slaps by becoming a point of reference for women’s power dressing and not only. His models dressed as robots, his clothes inspired by mermaids, insects, film noir or covered with hooks, fully represent the irreplaceable imprint that will never be erased of his unmatched creativity.
Between an enormous wealth of knowledge, boundless creativity and a unique vision has marked the high fashion of the 90s like very few.

Thierry Mugler was born in Strasbourg in 1948 and since he was a child his attentions were focused more on drawing than on school. At the age of 9 he began to study ballet and at 14 he joined the corps de ballet of the Opéra national du Rhi. Dance, however, did not distract him from his passion for drawing, in fact, at the same time he began studying interior design at the School of Decorative Arts in Strasbourg.
At the age of 22 he moved to Paris and began working as a window dresser and in his spare time he designed clothes. In 1973 he presented his first collection Café de Paris, but it did not impress and went almost completely unnoticed. And it is from this failure that Mugler builds his success. 
In 1975 he founded the fashion house that bears his name and he completely detaches himself from the stereotypes of the time and begins to imagine a new world, without rules or limits, finding his inspirations far from the world strictly related to couture. 
His women are strong, gritty and sexually brazen, characterized by an imagery that winks at a dystopian world: robotic women, automatons, butterflies, elegant soldiers who totally distort the ideal of ethereal, almost princely woman that the high fashion of the time had imposed.  
“My work pays homage to the woman and her personality – I give them an armor”.
In 1991, he made a singer-actress, Diana Ross, walk the runway for the first time; in 1992, he directed the video for George Michael’s Too Funky – during which his own show is seen – and created Angel, his first perfume that would become one of the best-selling fragrances of all time.
He retired from the fashion world in 2002 to concentrate on himself and his body, which he transformed by dedicating himself to bodybuilding.

In the last 2/3 years, his work and his creations have returned powerfully to the center of the fashion-related narrative thanks to the likes of Cardi B who wore several of his vintage looks during the Grammy awards, and Kim Kardashian who for the 2019 Met Gala wore a dress made especially for the occasion by Mugler, to arrive at the “Thierry Mugler, Couturissime” exhibition at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris and opened on September 30, 2021. 

“I made clothes because I was looking for something that didn’t exist. I had to try to create my own world”.

Yesterday he left us an atypical utopian, an idealist, one who was never afraid of anything and who always went “in a stubborn and contrary direction”

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The book that tells the story of San Francisco in 500 photos

The book that tells the story of San Francisco in 500 photos

Tommaso Berra · 2 weeks ago · Photography

San Francisco is one of the most fascinating cities in the United States; over the course of two centuries it has experienced the entire evolution of American civilization firsthand, fostering the birth of artistic and cultural currents that have marked the ages.
The history of San Francisco and the Bay Area more generally is now told in a beautiful volume published by Taschen and entitled “San Francisco. Portrait of a City.” Through 500 photographs it traces the early years of industrial development and the stories of the free spirits of the 1970s through the lights and fervor of the Roaring Twenties.

The volume contains images from archives and private collections, taken by some of the most celebrated photographers, who over the course of their careers have been inspired by the California city. Inside are portraits of the many innovators who have contributed to the development of the city, a place that represents “a crystal ball in which to see a preview of what will come to us in a few years,” as Michele Masneri had described it in The Passenger magazine’s recent volume devoted to the city.
The 480-page collected shots also show a city skyline far from the one we know today, dominated by the Golden Gate Bridge of which construction work from the 1930s is visible. In addition to the Bay Area’s unique climate, “San Francisco. Portrait of a City” also shows areas the multicultural soul of the city, with images of the huge Chinatown district or Fillmore, the one historically home to Jews and Japanese.
You can purchase the book on the official Taschen website.

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San Francisco | Collater.al
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Japan as seen in infrared

Japan as seen in infrared

Tommaso Berra · 2 weeks ago · Photography

Hashira Yamamoto is a photographer, but he also describes himself as a traveler and researcher. Over the course of his career as an artist, he has visited 41 countries and 161 cities around the world, in which he has shot some of his photo series, to tell stories i cultures and of all the incredible people he has encountered. Over the years he has had a close look at his home nation of Japan, cultivating a passion for traditional landscapes along the Silk Road.
Yamamoto in his Asuka series has reinterpreted the tradition of historic Japanese buildings through an infrared lens, creating a dialogue between ancient and contemporary Japan to an effect that immerses traditional temples and gardens in a glitchy, vaporwave world.

The saturated colors of the photos alter the perception of a solid tradition that in some respects has remained intact over the centuries. Cultural references are not altered, architectures are not emptied of meaning, but rather taken in a new contemporary guise. Hashira Yamamoto had precisely the goal with this infrared lens to enhance even more the quiet and contemplative magic that testifies to the inherent spirituality of the places photographed. 

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InstHunt – The 10 best photos on Instagram this week

InstHunt – The 10 best photos on Instagram this week

Giulia Guido · 2 weeks ago · Photography

Every day, on our Instagram profile, we ask you to share with us your most beautiful pictures and photographs.
For this InstHunt collection of this week, we have selected your 10 best proposals: @polae.jpg, @laurasole_79, @claudiabellati, @carolinalecce, @eli_rmn, @_eleonoram_, @teresa_scafa, @noemily_ph, @matti_b9, @ele.naus.

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InstHunt – The 10 best photos on Instagram this week

InstHunt – The 10 best photos on Instagram this week

Giulia Guido · 1 week ago · Photography

Every day, on our Instagram profile, we ask you to share with us your most beautiful pictures and photographs.
For this InstHunt collection of this week we have selected your 10 best proposals: @zenzeroelimone_, @feebelli, @simeingolo, @davidecannavo, @_barbarac__, @valerycia, @sararotola, @saracamporesi.it, @il_salvo_, @_eleonoram_.

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