Thierry Mugler Couturissime: first exhibition dedicated to Manfred Thierry Mugler Kunsthal, Rotterdam.

After the immense succes in Montreal, the Kunsthal Rotterdam in Netherland will be hosting Thierry Mugler: Couturissime Exhibition this fall.

Crédit - Thierry Mugler: Couturissime at Kunsthal Rotterdam, photo Marco De Swart, 2019
Crédit - Thierry Mugler: Couturissime at Kunsthal Rotterdam, photo Marco De Swart, 2019

Initiated and produced by the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (MMFA), in collaboration with  the House of Mugler and Clarins Group, this retrospective showcases imagination of the French designer that revolutionized fashion and haute couture.

Conceived as an opera in six acts, the exhibition revisits MUGLER's iconic creations and collaborations in spectacular settings.

Thierry Mugler Couturissime features some 150 outfits - most restored and exhibited for the first time - produced between 1977 and 2014, in addition to accessories, theatre costumes, videos, film, clips, videos, archives and unpublished sketches.
It also presents a hundred rare prints by the greatest fashion photographers and artists, including Lillian Bassman, Guy Bourdin, Jean-Paul Goude, Karl Lagerfeld, Paolo Roversi, Dominique Issermann, David LaChapelle, Luigi & lango, Alix Malka, Max Abadian, Steven Meisel, Mert & Marcus, Sarah Moon, Pierre et Gilles, Herb Ritts, and Ellen von Unwerth. An entire gallery is dedicated to the collaboration between the couturier and photographer Helmut Newton. The exhibition also features a rotation of 16 of the costumes designed by MUGLER for La Tragédie de Macbeth, shown here for the first time since the 1985 Comédie-Française production at the Festival d'Avignon.

Crédit - Thierry Mugler: Couturissime at Kunsthal Rotterdam, photo Marco De Swart, 2019
Crédit - Thierry Mugler: Couturissime at Kunsthal Rotterdam, photo Marco De Swart, 2019
I have often been offered to exhibit my work, but th idea of looking backward has never interested me. Although the MMFA with Nathalie Bondil and Thierry-Maxime Loriot were the right people, with the right vision. There is no future without a past, so I hope this exhibition will open up a new and inspiring creative future for the audience!
Manfred Thierry Mugler, Creative Director of Mugler

"Paying homage to couturiers is a source of pride for the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. I am proud to be able to share the masterful creations of Thierry Mugler. His sleek, elegant creatures, his dangerous seductresses, populate a world of glamour at the edges of reality. Subjects, rather than objects, of their sexuality, these women possess devastating humour and irresistible power. It is a privilege to unveil as a world premiere in Montreal - before they embark on an international tour - these fragile, preserved outfits, usually inaccessible to the public." explains Nathalie Bondil,
MMFA Director General and Chief Curator.

"We are very proud to be able to present yet another fashion icon to the Dutch public this autumn. The Kunsthal has established a strong tradition in programming world renowned fashion exhibitions in the Netherlands - from Jean Paul Gaultier and Peter Lindbergh to Viktor&Rolf - and we consider it a great honour to be the first venue in Europe to show this special retrospective to Thierry Mugler. We are looking forward to a renewed collaboration with Nathalie Bondil, Thierry-Maxime Loriot and all partners involved" added Emily Ansenk, Director Kunsthal.

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