By  on April 10, 2009

Trained as a dancer, Thierry Mugler has always had a flair for the dramatic. His futuristic  fashions— sharp shouldered, highly structured, unabashedly sexy— helped define the aesthetic of the Eighties and his first scent, Angel, revolutionized the fragrance category when it launched in 1992. Since then, Mugler has moved beyond clothing, publishing books of his photography, creating costumes and characters for Cirque du Soleil and, most recently, serving as the creative adviser for Beyoncé Knowles’ I Am...Sasha Fierce world tour, which kicked off in March. Here, Mugler’s musings on modernity, passion and why there’s no one left to dress.

HOW DO YOU DEFINE BEAUTY?
I define beauty as having a self-confidence in yourself, your abilities and your possibilities. The body is part of this confidence. Everyone can seek for it. Everybody can be beautiful. It is a question of will. You must find your own voice.

HOW DO YOU NURTURE YOUR MIND, BODY AND SOUL ON A DAILY BASIS?

I do a lot of bodybuilding. My mind and soul are fed through music and nature. I love to walk through the forest or any countryside and listen to the birds.

WHAT INSPIRES YOU?

Talent and passion and persistence.

HOW DO YOU CHANNEL YOUR CREATIVITY?

Through books of art and photos and, of course, nature.

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