'My heart breaks': Kim Kardashian praises French fashion icon Thierry Mugler in emotional tribute to the late designer after serving as his 'muse'

  • Kim Kardashian paid tribute to French designer Thierry Mugler on Monday in a touching Instagram post
  • 'Manfred Thierry Mugler My heart breaks,' Kim wrote in a lengthy caption. 'There’s no one like you! Your vision, your transformations, your magic!'
  • The 41-year-old shared several red carpet and behind the scenes moments with Mugler, who died from 'natural causes' aged 73 on Sunday
  • '#RIP We are devastated to announce the passing of Mr Manfred Thierry Mugler on Sunday January 23rd 2022,' an Instagram post confirming his death read
  • Mugler came out of retirement in 2019 to dress Kardashian for the Met Gala and afterparty in her now legendary 'wet-look' dress
  • Other famous names dressed by the Frenchman include icons like David Bowie, George Michael, Cindy Crawford and Sharon Stone 

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Kim Kardashian took to Instagram to honor her friend, French fashion designer Thierry Mugler, who died at the age of 73, in a post on Monday.

The 41-year-old mogul, penned an emotional tribute to the icon, whom she has worked with many times over the years on some of her most memorable red carpet moments.

Mugler often used Kim as one of his muses and has dressed Hollywood's biggest names. He died of natural causes on Sunday, January 23, 2022, according his agent. 

Tribute: Kim Kardashian took to Instagram to honor her friend, French fashion designer Thierry Mugler, who died at the age of 73, in a touching post on Monday

'Manfred Thierry Mugler My heart breaks,' Kim wrote in a lengthy caption. 'There’s no one like you! Your vision, your transformations, your magic!'

The Keeping Up With the Kardashians star shared a carousel of images alongside the heartfelt message. 

Some of the photos captured behind the scenes moments of Mugler and Kim in fittings or sharing a laugh, while others showcased his exceptional design style. She also posted an image of hand drawn sketches from the artist, crafted in black ink on envelopes.

'I am so honored to have known you, spent time with you and be a muse for you,' Kim continued. 'There was so much more for you to show the world and that we had planned to do together, but you already gave us so much.'

Behind the scenes: Mugler often used Kim as one of his muses and has dressed Hollywood's biggest names; he died of natural causes on Sunday, January 23, 2022, according his agent

'I am so honored to have known you, spent time with you and be a muse for you,' Kim continued. 'There was so much more for you to show the world and that we had planned to do together, but you already gave us so much.'

Creative genius: Some of the photos captured behind the scenes moments of Mugler and Kim in fittings as well as an image of hand drawn sketches from the artist, crafted in black ink on envelopes

'I will never forget our time together around the world and learning from the master himself on what couture really meant! 

'You always said beauty will save the world - and you really believed it was a better place because of the beauty all around! Thank you for the beauty. 

'I love you so much. My condolences go to Manfred’s family, friends, JB and his incredible team - and everyone who loved him and who’s lives he has touched,' she concluded.

One of the snaps shared by the Skims founder was from her most recognizable Mugler moment, the tan wet-look bespoke ensemble created for Kim to wear to the 2019 Met Gala, Camp: Notes on Fashion. 

'You always said beauty will save the world - and you really believed it was a better place because of the beauty all around! Thank you for the beauty,' Kim penned along with snaps of her in Mugler's designs

At the time, Mugler had retired from working full-time in the fashion industry but returned to work with Kim.  

'He envisioned me as this California girl stepping out of the ocean, wet, dripping,' Kardashian said at the time.    

Kim was one of many star's to don couture pieces by Thierry. Lady Gaga, Beyonce and David Bowie are among those who have turned heads in his avant garde looks. 

Mugler's official Instagram page confirmed his passing Sunday night at the age of 73.   

'#RIP We are devastated to announce the passing of Mr Manfred Thierry Mugler on Sunday January 23rd 2022,' the post read. 'May his soul Rest In Peace.'

Avant garde: One of the snaps shared by the Skims founder was from her most recognizable Mugler moment, the tan wet-look bespoke ensemble created for Kim to wear to the 2019 Met Gala; he also crafted her sci-fi afterparty ensemble

His agent confirmed the designer had died of 'natural causes', adding he had been due to announce new collaborations early this week. 

Mugler, who launched his eponymous fashion brand in the 1970s, suffered multiple serious injuries in recent years including a car crash and gym accident that required plastic surgery and left him almost unrecognizable.

Tributes have poured in from friends and colleagues including model Bella Hadid, Duran Duran's Nick Rhodes and singer Diana Ross.

Born Manfred Thierry Mugler on December 21, 1948 in Strasbourg, France, the designer initially studied and performed ballet but found more success with his fashion designs. 

He created his own clothes from a young age, adapting items bought at nearby flea markets, before moving to Paris to become a freelance stylist.  

'#RIP We are devastated to announce the passing of Mr Manfred Thierry Mugler on Sunday January 23rd 2022,' a social media post announcing his death read. 'May his soul Rest In Peace.' 

Despite seemingly retiring from fashion's frontlines in the early 2000s, Mugler continued to impact culture and worked with Beyonce on her 'I am...' world tour.

He never truly put down his tape measure and fabrics - having come out of retirement in 2019 to dress Kardashian for the Met Gala, he was said to be working on new collaborations at the time of his death. 

'Today's fashion shows are a continuation of what Mugler invented. The collections were pretexts for fashion shows,' said Didier Grumbach, former CEO of Thierry Mugler. 

Other famous names dressed by the Frenchman include everyone from icons like David Bowie, George Michael, Cindy Crawford and Sharon Stone to modern stars like Cardi B, Katy Perry, Rihanna and Bella Hadid. 

Mugler's official Instagram page confirmed his passing Sunday night; later, his agent revealed that the icon died from natural causes

His impact continued even in the week prior to his death, as Twitter obsessed over Alexa Demie's character Euphoria Maddie seen trying on one of Mugler's dresses in an episode that aired on January 16.   

He made his name largely in the 1980s and early 90s, with his designs used everywhere from the runway to stage shows and even music videos such as George Michael's 1992 hit 'Too Funky.'   

According to Vulture, Mugler 'was best known for his sculptural use of tailoring. He became famous internationally for his broad-shouldered, 40's-inspired women's suits and highly themed fashion shows.'

He retired from fashion in 2002 before his brand was set to be shut down, but remained an influence on fashion for the next two decades.

Celebrity favorite: Mugler retired in the early 90s but returned to designing - working with the likes of Kim Kardashian, Cardi B, Beyonce and Lady Gaga 

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