French fashion designer Thierry Mugler, whose designs dominated runways and the red carpet, died on Sunday. He was 73.

His death was announced on his brand’s official Instagram. “We are devastated to announce the passing of Mr. Manfred Thierry Mugler on Sunday, Jan. 23, 2022. May his soul Rest In Peace,” the post said.

Mugler launched his brand in 1973, known for its architectural style, defined by board shoulders and a tiny waist, per NPR.

The designer’s brand, Mugler, also confirmed the news via Instagram describing the founder as “a visionary whose imagination as a couturier, perfumer and image-maker empowered people around the world to be bolder and dream bigger every day.”

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Born in Strasbourg, France, in 1948, Mugler worked as a designer in Paris before launching his label.

“I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do, but fashion took off for me very quickly in Paris as soon as I showed my sketches,” he recently told Women’s Wear Daily. After moving into haute couture, Mugler’s shows and the seasonal collection became even surreal.

The likes of David Bowie, George Michael, Sharon Stone, Madonna, Lady Gaga, Card B and Rihanna have been dressed by the label, per BBC.

“I’ve always felt like a director, and the clothes I did were a direction of the everyday,” Mugler told Interview Magazine.

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