Mugler’s daring collections came to define the 1980s power dressing, with his clothes noted for their structured and sophisticated silhouettes.
In later years, he dressed Beyoncé and Lady Gaga – and in 2019 came out of retirement to create Kim Kardashian’s Met Gala look.
“We are devastated to announce the passing of Mr Manfred Thierry Mugler on Sunday January 23rd 2022,” said a post on the designer’s official Facebook account.
The designer had been due to announce new collaborations early this week, his agent Jean-Baptiste Rougeot told AFP.
Born in Strasbourg in December 1948, he arrived in Paris aged 20 and created his own label “Café de Paris” in 1973, a year before founding “Thierry Mugler”.
A showman at heart, he organised spectacular public presentations of his creations, and was also celebrated for his “Angel” scent.