Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal
Press release
Thierry Mugler: Couturissime on View this Fall at the Brooklyn Museum

Montreal, September 7, 2022 – Following its runs in Montreal, Rotterdam, Munich and Paris, Thierry Mugler: Couturissime is pursuing its international tour. This major retrospective of the work of the creator Thierry Mugler, who passed away earlier this year, will be on view at the Brooklyn Museum from November 18, 2022, until May 7, 2023. It is the first presentation on American soil for the exhibition that has already been seen by over one million people.
Visionary couturier, director, photographer and perfumer, Thierry Mugler revolutionized fashion with his sculptural creations that are both futuristic and elegant. Unfolding in a series of themes, the exhibition features some 130 haute couture and prêt-à-porter garments – most of which have been restored – in addition to numerous accessories, videos and unpublished sketches. It also brings together prints by the biggest names in fashion photography, including Dominique Issermann, Helmut Newton, Herb Ritts and Paolo Roversi, as well as a selection of photographs made by Mugler himself. Finally, Couturissime features  stage costumes Mugler created for Cirque du Soleil's Zumanity, as well as a gallery dedicated to the artist's fragrance creations, including the iconic perfume Angel, which is celebrating its 30th anniversary.

Produced by the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts in 2019, the exhibition has been adapted for its Brooklyn presentation by Montreal curator Thierry-Maxime Loriot. This iteration will shine the spotlight on some Canadian talent in the form of a digital projection by Michel Lemieux (Lemieux Pilon 4D Art), as well as an immersive installation by Montreal studio Rodeo FX, which has produced special effects for international film and television productions, such as Game of Thrones and Stranger Things.

"The constantly evolving work of Mugler, with its inventions and avant-garde architectural silhouettes, defined an era," says Thierry-Maxime Loriot, curator of the exhibition. "His singular style earned a place in the history of fashion and continues to exert a powerful influence on today's generation of couturiers – not only because of its designs, but also because of the strong message of inclusivity, diversity and empowerment it embodies. To present the exhibition I created with him, in the city he lived in and loved so much, is the most beautiful tribute I can give to celebrate the man and his legacy as an artist."

"Thierry Mugler was a multifaceted artist of daring spirit and exceeding inventiveness. His spectacular fashion shows and garments that exalted the power of women with whimsy left a permanent imprint on our collective imagination and the history of fashion. The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts is delighted that this first retrospective of his work, which premiered in Montreal in 2019, is now being presented to the Brooklyn Museum's audience, thus perpetuating the memory of this outstanding creator," adds Stéphane Aquin, Director of the MMFA.
Credits and curatorial team 
An exhibition initiated, produced and circulated by the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, in collaboration with the Maison Mugler.
It is curated by Thierry-Maxime Loriot, guest curator for the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. The Brooklyn presentation is coordinated by Matthew Yokobosky, Senior Curator of Fashion and Material Culture at the Brooklyn Museum.

Partners of the international tour: Hans Boodt Mannequins, Christie's and Tourisme Montréal.

Public partners of the MMFA presentation: Ministère de la Culture et des Communications, Canada Council for the Arts and Conseil des arts de Montréal.
Photo credit : Alan Strutt (born in 1967), Yasmin Le Bon, Palladium, London, 1997 ; Evening Standard Magazine, October 1997. Outfit : Thierry Mugler, La Chimère collection, "La Chimère" gown, haute couture fall/winter 1997–1998. Photo: © Alan Strutt

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Maude Béland
Patricia Lachance

Media Relations Officers
Montreal Museum of Fine Arts
About the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts
Founded in 1860, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (MMFA) is the oldest art museum in Canada and a leading museum in North America. Its collection showcases Quebec and Canadian heritage and international art from a critical and intercultural perspective, and comprises over 45,000 paintings, sculptures, graphic art works, photographs, multimedia installations and decorative art objects dating from antiquity to the present. The MMFA's exhibitions span every discipline from archaeology to fine arts, to contemporary practices. Laid out over five interconnecting pavilions, the Museum complex includes over 80 exhibition galleries, the Bourgie concert hall, an auditorium and movie theatre, the Boutique and Bookstore, an in-house publishing department, a public sculpture garden and the Michel de la Chenelière International Atelier for Education and Art Therapy. A pioneering museum in the provision of art therapy, the MMFA works with the community, education, health and technology sectors to give all people exposure to art through inclusive and enriching experiences.