Stumbling upon the stage of the Ballet de l’Opéra National du Rhin at fourteen years of age, a young Thierry Mugler found his footing in the art of expression, eventually moving past the world of performing arts and into that of fashion. Establishing a domineering run during the 80’s alongside influential designers Alaïa, Gaultier, and Montana, Mugler's theatrical clothing and shows entranced the public. Proportion and structures were molded into fantastical pieces, drawing inspiration from increasingly eclectic sources. With the curtain having inevitably closed on Mugler’s tenure, Acne Studios alum and trained architect Casey Cadwallader now serves as the label’s creative director, harnessing the transformative spirit of the luxury house. Bolstered by technological advancements in the realm of activewear and a kinship with Mugler's sportswear-infused 70’s output, Cadwallader proposes spiral-cut denim jackets and jeans, anatomical tops, and innovative prints. Though the label’s highly-esteemed showmanship may come across as a vignette of a long-gone era, the means by which theatricality assists character exploration remains the foundation on which the house Mugler endures.
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