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Thierry Mugler Cadillac Grill Padded Motorcycle Jacket, 1989 F/W

$24,500

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Thierry Mugler motorcycle jacket, Fall/Winter 1989. The motorcycle jacket is a constant leit motif of Mugler. This jacket of black lamb skin leather, employs the motorcycles seat detailing and upholstered padding for the jackets' body and arms. Featuring side notched lapels, long sleeves, zippered cuffs, side zip fastening, and a cropped length with chrome spike studs, signature star zipper pulls and Cadillac grill accent. A motorcycle rider himself, Mugler found inspiration in the rough biker aesthetic. Lined in electric mauve satin. Excellent Condition, Size 38 A variant of this jacket is shown in Thierry Mugler, Couturissime Exhibition, which is a retrospective of his career launched by the Musee des Arts Decoratifs in Paris. In an article for Women’s Wear Daily (1992) by Amy Spindler explained that Mugler did not suddenly find biker chic in the nineties: “Thierry Mugler designed his first couture outfit almost a decade ago: a black suit with metallic Cadillac ornaments, to look like a car or a motorcycle” (Museum at FIT). Excellent Condition L W 28

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  • Dimensions
    Marked Size: 38 (EU)Bust: 34 in. (86.36 cm)Waist: 28 in. (71.12 cm)Hip: 32 in. (81.28 cm)Shoulder to Hem: 26 in. (66.04 cm)
  • Style
    Biker (In the Style Of)
  • Place of Origin
    France
  • Period
  • Material Notes
    Quilted
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use. Minor scuff.
  • Seller Location
    New York, NY
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU4614557562

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    Ships From: Riverdale, NY
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Thierry Mugler

Fashion as sculpture, as avant-garde expression, as spectacle: Thierry Mugler’s career pushed the boundaries of what fashion design and clothing could mean.

Mugler, who went by Manfred in recent years, founded his brand in 1973 with his first personal collection. By the late 1990s, he was more famous for his fragrances, thanks to the brand’s best seller Angel. But the designer’s vintage evening gowns and dresses have recently returned to red carpets, worn by stars like Kim Kardashian and Cardi B.

Thierry Mugler’s penchant for performance, drama and costuming came from his background in ballet, having danced as a teenager with the Opéra national du Rhin in his hometown of Strasbourg, France. In the 1980s and ’90s, his couture shows were theatrical and futuristic, similar to those of his contemporaries Jean Paul Gaultier and Christian Lacroix. In one of Mugler’s shows, the then-pregnant legendary supermodel Pat Cleveland (part of the coterie of glamorous muses associated with designer Halston) was suspended from the ceiling and then glided down the runway surrounded by clouds of smoke. Mugler would become known for his immaculate tailoring as well as for his increasingly avant-garde designs that featured sharp cuts, sexy and fetishistic elements, an integration of metal and uniquely treated materials like PVC and leather.

Recent years have seen Mugler’s archival designs, especially from his 1995 haute couture show, take center stage, coinciding with the resurgence of camp in fashion and the return of bodycon dresses. The brand’s roster of clients has included some of the most visionary figures in fashion, from David Bowie and Diana Ross to Beyoncé and Lady Gaga, and the founder’s influence on over-the-top fashion can be seen in the work of designers such as Jeremy Scott and Alexander McQueen.

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