Thierry Mugler, Circa 1990

Body transmogrification has always seemed to be a key agenda in dress when you look at the obscene and unruly fashions that pushed in, rusched up, expanded, inflated, deflated, and obscured human anatomy over past centuries. But in the 90’s it hit a breaking point, after the oversized figures of the 80’s the new decade saw an honest look at the body favoring a neatly exposed atheltic physique. Thierry Mugler’s fantasy aesthetic which often borders on the groteseque approached this historical tradition with the skill of a surgeon and the clarity in form of a sculptor — distorting the figure so seductively and elegantly, working with and creating new biologicial contours. It’s a method that would later become the M.O. of Alexander McQueen and Rick Owens.

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