The first time Casey Cadwallader saw “Thierry Mugler: Couturissime” — the buzzy museum retrospective tracing the highly influential founding designer’s career — it was still the early days of his tenure as creative director of Mugler. (He joined the house in December 2017.)

“To see such a tour de force of his best things all side by side made me a little bit jittery,” he says, adding with sarcasm, “I was like, ‘Oh cool, this looks easy.'”

The exhibit first opened at the Musée des Beaux Arts de Montréal in the spring of 2019, and has since traveled to Rotterdam, Munich and Paris. “Couturissime” is making its final stop stateside at the Brooklyn Museum, from this Friday, Nov. 18 to May 7, 2023. Even now, though, that nervous, “fear-inducing” wonder is still there for Cadwallader. 

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