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Thierry Mugler, Designer (French, 1948-)


Extreme silhouettes are Mugler’s signature. The corseted bodice, cinched-in waist, and the short skirt of this glamorous dress exhibit Mugler’s fascination with the hour-glass figure. The short peplum, a reference to 19th-century clothing, further emphasizes the small waist.

This dress, with its pointed sections projecting from the low neckline is the ultimate in “power-dressing” and represents Mugler's ideal of a sexy, modern, and powerful woman.

Consignor, Florida; (Leslie Hindman Auctioneers, Chicago, Illinois), 02 September 2009, lot 222; purchased by the Indianapolis Museum of Art in 2010.

Object Information

designer
Thierry Mugler (French, 1948-)
creation date
1981
materials
acetate, rayon
dimensions
L: 23 5/8 in. (front neck to hem)
L: 25 3/4 in. (back to hem)
bust: 38 in.
waist: 23 in.
mark descriptions
'Thierry Mugger' in silver, 'MADE IN FRANCE, ®, PARIS' (black on a blue ground)
accession number
2010.26
credit line
Lucille Stewart Endowed Art Fund
copyright
© Thierry Mugler
collection
Textile and Fashion Arts