Taking to social media, representatives of Mugler posted a black image with a touching caption to announce the news.
“We are devastated to announce the passing of Mr Manfred Thierry Mugler on Sunday January 23rd 2022. May his soul Rest In Peace,” the post read.
Mugler’s Creative Director Casey Cadwallader shared a touching tribute for the late designer on his Instagram page.
"Manfred, I am so honored to have known you and to work within your beautiful world. You changed our perception of beauty, of confidence, of representation and self empowerment. Your legacy is something I carry with me in everything I do. Thank you."
Best known for the eponymous fashion house he founded in the 70s, Mugler’s penchant for avant garde designs and hyperfemine suiting has left a lasting legacy on the industry.
Despite retiring from fashion in 2003, he made a one-off triumphant return to design the iconic 'wet look' dress worn by Kim Kardashian West at the Met Gala in 2019.
In recent years, vintage Mugler pieces have become a fan favourite of the celebrity style set including rapper Cardi B who wore his archival 'Venus' gown from the brands A/W 1995-1996 couture collection.
Many of his admirers and colleagues, including Irina Shayk, Bella Hadid and Georgia May Jagger, have also commented on his passing by sharing their own tributes to the late icon.
As a pioneer of couture, his flamboyant creations and sexy silhouettes put him at the forefront of his contemporaries.
Our thoughts are with his family and friends at the time.