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Friends and family share their tributes to Thierry Mugler

French fashion designer Thierry Mugler speaks during the presentation of his exhibition Couturissime at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, on February 26, 2019. Picture: Martin Ouellet-Diotte/AFP

French fashion designer Thierry Mugler speaks during the presentation of his exhibition Couturissime at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, on February 26, 2019. Picture: Martin Ouellet-Diotte/AFP

Published Jan 24, 2022

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Just when we’re still trying to process the passing of André Leon Talley, another fashion icon, Thierry Mugler, dies.

The legendary French designer died on Sunday. He was 73.

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“It is with deep sadness that the House of Mugler announces the passing of Mr Manfred Thierry Mugler.

A visionary whose imagination as a couturier, perfumer and image-maker empowered people around the world to be bolder and dream bigger every day,” read a statement from House of Mugler.

People who loved and supported his work shared their tributes, expressing how saddened they are.

“Sad news for the fashion world. Thierry was a visionary and avant-garde. His creations will forever remain timeless, futuristic and innovative.

“Without forgetting his iconic Angel fragrance,” said Fatou N'diaye, a fashion and beauty content creator.

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Another artist, Ashely Scott, famous for making distinctive sculptures, wrote a heartfelt tribute to the fashion giant.

She said: “My heart is aching, but I must be strong for @leondziemaszkiewicz, the love of your life.

“Leon directed and took this photo of us on January 20, 2021.

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“These photos have always meant so much to me because Manfred is proudly wearing Leon’s famous performance coat, and he was so so happy this night to have his family with him.

“That night Manfred showed me the stars, but every single time I saw Manfred he showed me my ultimate self. Manfred showed me my power. Manfred was absolutely everything to me.

“Manfred I loved you so so deeply, but you already knew that.

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“You changed the world, and you changed my life forever. I promise to take great care of your dear Leon.

“Thank you guys for all of your messages, I will continue to honour him in everything that I do. I’ve lost my greatest inspiration. Rest well, my great Magician.”

His partner, Krzysztof Leon Dziemaszkiewicz, a Berlin-based performer and visual artist, is shattered by Mugler’s death. He hasn’t said much except sharing some of their memories and declaring his “forever love” for the fashion icon.

Reality TV star Kourtney Kardashian paid tribute to Mugler by sharing a family picture of herself, her sisters and her mother wearing Mugler couture.

Beyoncé posted a youthful picture of Mugler on her website to honour his memory.

Here are more of the tributes.

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