Kim Kardashian mourns Thierry Mugler, says they had planned to work together again

Manfred Thierry Mugler standing among a group of models wearing his designs
French designer Manfred Thierry Mugler, center, died Sunday at age 73.
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Supermodels and musicians are among those paying tribute on social media to French fashion designer Manfred Thierry Mugler, who died Sunday at age 73.

Diana Ross, Kim Kardashian, Bella Hadid, Kylie Minogue, Georgia May Jagger, Irina Shayk and Beyoncé are mourning the loss of Mugler, whose futuristic, sculpted creations were often defined by broad shoulders and a tiny waist.

“I will miss you Thierry Mugler,” music legend Ross captioned a throwback photo with Mugler, who dressed her for various runway and entertainment events. “This was a wonderful time in our lives.”


In a heartfelt Instagram eulogy, beauty mogul Kim Kardashian lauded Mugler’s “vision,” “transformations” and “magic.” She also spotlighted some of her favorite Mugler ensembles, including her 2019 Met Gala dress that was literally dripping in crystals.

“My heart breaks,” she wrote. “There’s no one like you! ... I am so honored to have known you, spent time with you and be a muse for you. There was so much more for you to show the world and that we had planned to do together, but you already gave us so much.

“I will never forget our time together around the world and learning from the master himself on what couture really meant! You always said beauty will save the world - and you really believed it was a better place because of the beauty all around! Thank you for the beauty.”

Mugler, whose dramatic designs were worn by celebrities like Madonna, Lady Gaga and Cardi B, became known for his architectural style, defined by broad shoulders and a tiny waist.

Another high-profile Mugler collaborator, singer Beyoncé, shared a black-and-white image of the designer on her website with the caption “Rest in Peace.” The “Lemonade” artist also posted a moving collage of Mugler looks she’s modeled over the years — including a fan-favorite gold bodysuit she wore during the music video for her hit single “Sweet Dreams.”

Actor Wilson Cruz saluted Mugler as well by tweeting, “Who was doing it like #ThierryMugler? NO ONE! #RIP Legend.”

A number of celebrities expressed their grief in the comment section of Mugler’s latest Instagram post, which confirmed his death Sunday.

“Nonononono,” super model Hadid wrote, while singer Minogue commented, “Deepest condolences ... a true visionary. Thank you for your art Manfred.”

André Leon Talley, a former editor at large of Vogue who helped pave the way for Black fashion writers, designers and more, has died.

Other commenters included model Jagger, who hailed Mugler as “a force of creativity and kindness,” and “Black-ish” actor Tracee Ellis Ross, who posted a series of broken-heart emojis.

In a separate Instagram statement, model Shayk eulogized Mugler as a “god of fashion” who is “gone too soon” and shared a carousel of photos with the clothing artist.

“A rarely REAL, kindness, sweetest,” Shayk wrote. “[You will] be always missed by your Russian.”

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On her Instagram story, reality TV star Kourtney Kardashian posted a broken-heart emoji and an image of her famous family “all in Mugler” creations. Also “heartbroken” was “RuPaul’s Drag Race” champion Shea Couleé, who lamented the dual losses of Mugler and fellow fashion titan André Leon Talley, who died last week at age 73.

“Not Mugler?!?!?” Couleé tweeted. “First Andre and now Thierry? This is too much.”