This fall the Kunsthal Rotterdam presents Thierry Mugler: Couturissime, the first retrospective on French creator, bringing together more than 140 ensembles, created between 1973 and 2001. This major exhibition will reveal the multiple universes of this visionary couturier, director, photographer and perfumer, exhibiting some of never-before seen ready-to-wear and haute couture creations, as well as the accessories and stage costumes, clips and videos, archival documents and sketches.
We are very proud to be able to present yet another fashion icon to the Dutch public this autumn. The Kunsthal has established a strong tradition in programming world renowned fashion exhibitions in the Netherlands – from Jean Paul Gaultier and Peter Lindbergh to Viktor & Rolf – and we consider it a great honour to be the first venue in Europe to show this special retrospective of Thierry Mugler. We are looking forward to a renewed collaboration with Nathalie Bondil, Thierry-Maxime Loriot and all partners involved. – Emily Ansenk, Director Kunsthal
A hundred works by the greatest contemporary fashion photographers such as Richard Avedon, Guy Bourdin, Goude, David LaChapelle, Helmut Newton, Herb Ritts, Dominique Issermann round out the exhibition. Many of the immersive galleries have been designed by artists such as Michel Lemieux and Philipp Fürhofer, and special effects studio Rodeo FX. London-based designer Tord Boontje has also created Swarovski crystal chandeliers for one of the galleries. The mannequins were custom-made by Hans Boodt Mannequins, Rotterdam.