Why Thierry Mugler's face looked different after bike accident

Olivia Olphin January 24, 2022
Why Thierry Mugler's face looked different after bike accident


The sad news has been announced that French fashion designer Thierry Mugler has passed away from natural causes at the age of 73. Here we look at his brave reveals about undergoing surgery following car and bike accidents.

Celebrated designer Thierry Mugler celebrated his own exhibition as part of Paris Fashion Week 2021. During the exhibition – Thierry Mugler: Couturissime – US rapper Cardi B stunned fans by wearing exquisite dresses designed by the man himself. She was pictured with Thierry Mugler as they celebrated his incredible work.

During the event, some fans thought Thierry Mugler’s face looked different. We break down the designer’s history of undergoing facial surgery after multiple accidents.

Has Thierry Mugler had work done to his face?

Yes, Thierry Mugler has had various reconstructive surgeries on his face after several accidents. He revealed in a chat with actor Tippi Hedren for Interview magazine in 2019 that he destroyed his nose after crashing a jeep, had an accident at the gym that smashed his face, and a motorbike accident in which he seriously damaged his leg.

While Mugler notes changing his face was initially only about reconstruction, he admitted the situation changed to being more about “fun and pleasing myself”. He also said in the interview that while he was having the anaesthesia to remove a piece of metal from his leg he decided to undergo facial surgery too:

“I said: ‘Let’s find a way to make this fun!’ I asked another surgeon if he could do some things to my chin and then I was happy to get the anaesthesia. He actually took a piece of bone from my hip and put it on my chin so I don’t have any plastic or silicone.

“It’s all bones. I wanted my face to represent progress because, after years of being a thin, charming dancer, I wanted to be a warrior. I’ve done so much in my life. I’ve fought so much. I’m a superhero – so it’s normal to have the face of one.”

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Tributes to Thierry Mugler

Fans took to social media to not only express condolences at the sad news but also to celebrate his wonderful work:

Fans react to Thierry Mugler retrospective at Paris FW 2021

After Paris Fashion Week last year, fans shared their love of the beautifully crafted outfits on show at Thierry’s exhibition:

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Cardi B stuns in Mugler

Mugler and Cardi B collaborated on a look for the Grammy’s in 2019 when the Rumours singer transformed into a pearl, with an outfit based on a dress the designer made in 1995.

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And here’s Cardi in that Thierry Mugler: Couturissime dress:

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At the time, Thierry gushed about the singer in a heartfelt Instagram post: “Since the first time I heard your genius name, I was seduced. Then we did this legendary high-class show at the #Grammys. Totally in love with you, and now I adore you!!! Your talent, excellent taste, true honest beautiful personality and beauty!! Cardi, you are brilliant!!”

Born Manfred Thierry Mugler in 1948 in Strasbourg, France, he was a talented performer and by the age of 14 was a dancer with the Ballet du Rhin. He was also an acrobat and fashion model.

We send our condolences to the family, friends and fans of Thierry Mugler at this difficult time.

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Olivia Olphin is an English Literature graduate and a film and literature fanatic. She has many years of reviewing experience, recently working as accredited press for the London Film Festival. She has also written widely about culture and sex education, as well as LGBTQ+ and women's issues.