25 posts tagged "Thierry Mugler"
In Manhattan, where a walk-in closet is a covetable luxury, finding the space to house over 50,000 garments and accessories is no small feat. Over the course of several years, that’s exactly what the Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) has managed to do. Now, a hand-picked selection of looks are coming out of storage for two consecutive exhibitions, The Great Designers: Part One (opened yesterday) and Part Two, along with a pair of books to match (due out next year).
“For the general public it’s going to be the big names—Armani, Chanel, Dior—that are the attraction, but personally, I’m really excited about the opportunity it gave us to build out our contemporary collection,” Valerie Steele, the museum’s director and chief curator, said at the press preview of the Part One exhibition (co-curated by Jennifer Farley and Colleen Hill) this morning. Of the tomes, highlighting 500 looks by 100 designers from the twentieth century onward, Steele added, “I have wanted to do a book for the museum with Taschen for a long time, ever since they did a fantastic publication for the Kyoto Costume Institute.”
Both the exhibitions and books gave Steele a fun excuse to “shop”—two of the most exciting purchases are a black wool coat with delicate gold embroidery from Alexander McQueen’s Fall 1997 collection for Givenchy and a liquid silver Thierry Mugler mermaid dress from 1987. Part One features approximately 50 garments from several generations of designers. It was surprising to see how easily current looks by designers like Prada (a black and baby blue guipure lace and cotton frock from the memorable Fall 2008 collection) blended with early-twentieth-century pieces. The black Paul Poiret silk faille coat from 1908, trimmed with fine black and gold fringe that doubled for fur at a distance, is great for today’s pelt-wary. An Elsa Schiaparelli gown in black rayon, cut on the bias and with a swirling flower print, had an asymmetrical shoulder seen on many of the gowns in recent runway seasons.
The Great Designers, Part One at the Museum at FIT, Seventh Avenue at 27th Street. On view November 29 to May 8, 2012.
Mugler creative director and Lady Gaga stylist Nicola Formichetti has had a big past couple of days. Last week, he set up shop downtown with his pop-up concept store, Nicola’s; yesterday, he hosted a presentation for nine emerging Chinese designers in an effort to celebrate international talent; this afternoon, Formichetti (who has worked with Uniqlo for over five years and currently stands as the brand’s fashion director) debuts his latest project for the Japanese retailer. He has created a new line, called Uniqlo Innovation Project, along with the company’s designer director, Naoki Takizawa, and creative director, Kashiwa Sato.
“We wanted to create something for the future,” Formichetti tells Style.com. “Something functional, stylish, and new.” The collection of parkas, hoodies, and track pants for men and women, made of cutting-edge materials like Uniqlo’s infamous Heattech, hits stores October 14.
What’s next from Nicola? “I’m actually thinking of bringing Nicola’s to other cities,” he says. “I loved meeting my virtual friends, but in a physical space this time.” Oh yes, and there’s the Mugler collection he’s hard at work on, which hits the runway in Paris September 29. Here, Style.com has the exclusive first look at Innovation Project.
The name Mugler is on the fashion world’s lips again, thanks largely to the collaboration of super-stylist Nicola Formichetti, now the label’s creative director, and Lady Gaga, its muse and sometime model. But the man himself has left the building: Thierry Mugler, now known as Manfred, has decamped for other pursuits. The latest premieres this week in New York: drag performance artist Joey Arias’ live show at Town Hall. Mugler, who previously worked with Arias (above) on a smaller-scale show at Abrons Art Center at New York’s Henry Street Settlement last October, served as the evening’s artistic director.
“Joey refers to Manfred as the Master and Manfred refers to Joey as the Muse,” said Earl Dax, one of the show’s producers. (Dax is a noted queer-nightlife impresario, and recently became one of the first recipient of the Museum of Arts & Design’s new Fun Fellowship for his work. “I was definitely surprised,” the 39-year-old said with a laugh. “I hadn’t heard of a fellowship to support the practices of nightlife before.”) Arias, who worked with Cirque du Soleil as its “mistress of seduction” for six years, has worked with Mugler on and off on various projects since 1980. And while Mugler himself isn’t talking, Arias was glad to tout him and his work. And to hear him tell it, the man’s bigger-is-better spirit is unchanged. “Working with Manfred is something that I wish many could experience,” Arias said. “His details are so exact and his love for the different and real is like no other. As a director he pushes you beyond human capabilities. It could be too much, but better too much than not enough.”
At last night’s Mugler show in Paris, house creative director Nicola Formichetti screened a video of his muse—no, not Gaga—Rico, the epically tattooed human skeleton. Working in collaboration with Mariano Vivanco, Formichetti has been teasing the world with stills for days, but the real thing hits the Web today at 12 p.m. EST. Odds are good it’ll be the a hot topic on the weekend party circuit (and, sans doute, the talk of Twitter). Curious? See the collection shots here on Style.com [link to review], then head over to Mugler.com at 12 p.m. EST to check it out.
While Alexander Wang has done just fine, thank you, without advertising up to this point, he’s entering the arena next month with his first-ever billboard and, in March, his first-ever print campaign. The ad—Wang prefers to call it an “image piece”—was shot by Craig McDean and stars up-and-comer Aymeline Valade. Look for it on the corner of Lafayette and Great Jones and in the March issue of Interview. [WWD]
The first pic of Miranda Kerr and Orlando Bloom’s 13-day-old progeny is out. If little Flynn is ready for his close-up, does that mean his Victoria’s Secret mom will snap back to her top shape in time for the Fall runways? Here’s hoping. [Us]
Lady Gaga’s stylist extraordinaire, Nicola Formichetti, will unveil his first men’s collection for Thierry Mugler in Paris today. Gaga, naturally, will provide the soundtrack. Here’s hoping she’ll be on board (and in the front row) at the women’s show come February. [WWD]