collection SC.452 - Thierry Mugler collection, 1989-1998

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Thierry Mugler collection, 1989-1998


  • 1989-1998 (Creation)

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Extent and medium

.875 linear foot

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Biographical history

Born on December 21, 1948 in Strasbourg, France, Thierry Mugler is known for his highly structured, yet body-conscious garments. His avant-garde runway shows and provocative futurist collections are the defining characteristics of his brand. At age 24, Mugler moved to Paris where he worked as a window dresser for the boutique Gudule, and began designing on the side, eventually branching out to freelance work. Mugler created his first collection in 1973 entitled “Cafe de Paris” and in 1992, his first fragrance, “Angel,” the same year in which he debuted his first haute couture collection. Mugler has also published fashion photography books and short films which he directs himself. In 2003 the fashion division of Thierry Mugler was closed due to business losses. The fashion house was revived in 2008, in part due to the popularity of his pieces featured at the Superhero’s: Fashion and Fantasy exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 2008. Despite the revival of the house, Mugler himself has ceased to design for his eponymous label. However, most recently, Mugler designed Kim Kardashian West’s outfit for the Met Gala in 2019.

Archival history

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Materials transferred from the Museum at FIT in May 2019.

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Scope and content

This collection is comprised of 7 folders comprised of press materials, sketches, slides and photos, and promotional materials as well as .5 linear foot of audiovisual content of runway shows, highlights, and works directed by Theirry Mugler.

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System of arrangement

This collection is arranged into 5 series. Press; Sketches; Slides and Photos; Promotional Materials; and Audiovisual. Within the series, folders are organized chronologically where possible.

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Conditions governing access

Access is open to researchers by appointment at the Fashion Institute of Technology Library, Department of Special Collections and College Archives. If you have any questions, or wish to schedule an appointment contact us at or call (212) 217-4385.

Conditions governing reproduction

The Department of Special Collections and College Archives does not own copyright for all material held in its physical custody. It is the researcher's obligation to abide by and satisfy copyright law ( when copying or using materials (including digital materials) found in or made available from the department. When possible, the department will inform a researcher about the copyright status of material, the researcher's obligations with regard to such material, and, wherever possible, the owner or owners of the copyrights. Any and all reproduction of originals is at the archivist's discretion.

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  • English
  • French

Script of material

  • Latin

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The Library of the Fashion Institute of Technology, Department of Special Collections and College Archives, 27th St. at 7th Ave., NY, NY , USA, 10001

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Dates of creation revision deletion

2019 June


  • English


  • Latin


Archivist's note

Arrangement, description, and/or archival processing by Michelle Porrazzo, FIT, NY, NY, USA.

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