Thierry Mugler debuted his collection in 1974 with womenswear that was ultra-feminine yet avant-garde. Founded in Paris, the label’s designs are unabashedly provocative and shaped in architectural silhouettes. Modernized corsets in Mugler’s form-hugging dresses coupled with sharp structural shoulders defined the glam power look of the 80s.
Today, it is headed by Casey Cadwallader. An American designer who graduated from Cornell with a degree in architecture, Cadwallader has worked with brands like Narciso Rodriguez, Loewe, and Acne Studios’ pre-collections before taking the reins at Mugler in December 2017. His Fall 2018 debut collection incorporated theatrical signatures of Mugler’s original collections made for the “strong woman” of today, using materials like denim and sheer jersey dresses to allow more wearability while upholding the brand’s experimental origins. With the Mugler heritage in mind, Cadwallader is on a mission to build a new culture around the Mugler name.