Friday, March 8, 2019

THIERRY MUGLER shines in Montreal!

Thierry-Maxime Loriot, Curator; Manfred Thierry Mugler, creator; and Nathalie Bondil, Director General and Chief Curator, MMFA. Photo: © Max Abadian 
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The luxurious opening gala last February 25th
hosted jet setters from around the world.
Above a few well-known
friends of Mugler!

• Last week was totally taken over by the dazzling events happening at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts! The extraordinary creator Manfred Thierry Mugler was in Montreal to launch the exhibition THIERRY MUGLER COUTURISSIME a look at his amazing career and diverse practices through the last decades. I had so much fun investigating his life path. I have attached links in the article.

• The exhibition begins with the stunning costumes he designed for La Tragédie de Macbeth . They are appropriately dark and gorgeous. One exhibition hall after the next reveal his role in the evolution of a unique era populated with great artists like David Bowie, for whom he designed the costumes for his 1979 video Boys Keep Swinging; George Michael for Too Funky; to Zumanity for Cirque du Soleil!

• He is a very sexy person and his work in many disciplines is all spiced up by this energetic sensual undertone and exuberance. But he is also very disciplined. For example you will rarely see an image of him or produced by him that has not been well and deliberately crafted. The portrait I took of him at the conference for example is not haphazard. The lights had already been calibrated for optimum excellence no matter who would take the photo. I kind of loved that.

Photos © Lena Ghio, 2019
Nathalie Bondil, Director General and Chief Curator, MMFA, has said that she believes Haute Couture to be the only art form people can walk around in. She has been very instrumental in bringing to Montreal the works of great designers such as Yves Saint-Laurent, Jean Paul Gaultier and now Manfred Thierry Mugler. She has rightfully said that very few people in the world get to assist in a live fashion show and the exhibitions she presents give all of us a chance to look at the delicious clothes as close as we can get to it. There is spectacular beauty everywhere you look. 

• Thierry-Maxime Loriot, Curator, made a name for himself when he curated the highly successful Jean Paul Gaultier: de la rue aux étoiles (2011-2016) followed by Love is Love: le mariage pour tous selon Jean Paul Gaultier (2017-2018). His speciality is the exhaustive research he puts into both the exhibition and the catalogs that accompany them. This is reflected by the multiple photographs, videos, and documents that support the story behind the work. 

• A great exhibition is produced by many talented people. Again an astonishing line up: Philipp Fürhofer, Michel Lemieux, Rodeo FX, Tord Bootje for the scenography and special effects. There is a slew of conferences and cultural activities in association with the exhibition like The Sewing Box!

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The morning after the gala, February 26th 2019, everybody gathers for the official press conference. Here, Montreal designers. Photos © Lena Ghio, 2019

• Madame Bondil, an art connoisseur of the highest caliber, had the brilliant insight to include in the overall exhibition the great Montreal designers that follow:

Presented in conjunction with the retrospective Thierry Mugler: Couturissime and curated by Thierry-Maxime Loriot, this exhibition pays tribute to the talent of 10 local creators and collectives. Montreal Couture is the first exhibition to bring together the creations of three Quebec fashion icons: Marie Saint Pierre, with her precise, timeless cuts that marry style and function; Philippe Dubuc, whose debut collection reinvented menswear; and Denis Gagnon, who swept the fashion scene with his irreverent style and haute couture approach. The exhibition is also an opportunity to discover the distinct world of stylist Helmer Joseph, who blends elegance, romanticism and savoir-faire with his Haitian roots; creator Ying Gao, who mixes industrial design, architecture, robotics and sensory experimentation with interactive media; Marie-Ève Lecavalier, winner of the prestigious Chloé Prize; and duo Fecal Matter, formed by Montrealers Hannah Rose Dalton and Steven Raj Bhaskaran, who combine fashion, music and performance. Up-and-coming fashion designers will also be showcased in the modern and technical streetwear of Atelier New Regime, the bespoke suits of Nathon Kong and the gothic-exotic style of MARKANTOINE.

A sampling of Montréal Couture. Photos © Lena Ghio, 2019 
Both exhibitions run until September 8 2019


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