The highly anticipated Mugler runway show took place during Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week, marking the first in-person collection presented by Creative director, Casey Cadwallader, since the COVID-19 lockdown in 2020. The show was held at the cultural complex La Villette and marked three years since Mugler last presented during fashion week.
Thierry Mugler, the founder of the fashion house, passed away last year, but his legacy continues to live on through the work of Cadwallader. A recent exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum in New York City, Thierry Mugler: Couturissime, honored Mugler’s important contributions to 20th-century fashion and solidified his place in the fashion realm.
Cadwallader’s Fall/Winter 2023 collection showcases the designer’s persistence in keeping Thierry Mugler’s vision alive while making a name for himself. The collection features leather detailing, architectural shapes, and black lace trimming, creating an aesthetic that combines both simplicity and exaggeration. The black primary color throughout the collection provides a stark contrast to the over-the-top sleeves and pant legs, while the form-fitting waists bring balance to the futuristic silhouettes.
The runway show was a unique combination of traditional runway walking and technology, featuring models on a moving stand with a camera that allowed for a more artful and dynamic performance. This creative combination showcases Cadwallader’s ability to innovate and push the boundaries in fashion, making the Mugler runway show one of the most talked-about events of the season.