David Koma [Jason Lloyd Evans]
It's been eight months since Nicola Formichetti bid farewell to Thierry Mugler leaving an opening for a new Artistic Director that until now had yet to be filled. Today the French fashion house, controlled by Groupe Clarins, has announced that 28-year-old Georgian-born, London-based designer David Koma will take the reigns, starting in the role on January 2nd before showing his first collection under the Thierry Mugler label for the resort season in June.
Koma's A-list fans [Getty]
Koma has been making waves this week with the revelation of the latest costume he has designed for Beyonce's Mrs Carter Show World Tour, a white embellished bodysuit made out of thick jersey and leather with silver Perspex embroidery. The Central Saint Martins graduate is no stranger to dressing A-listers, having previously worked with Bey, as well as well as fellow pop stars Rihanna, Kylie Minogue and Cheryl Cole. Over the past month he’s also been responsible for red carpet looks worn by Miranda Kerr, Karolina Kurkova and Amy Adams. He told Grazia, “It’s a huge compliment and a privilege to have such incredible women chose to wear my label. It also motivates me to create something new and special each time.”
Amy Adams, Karolina Kurkova & Miranda Kerr Wear David Koma [Getty]
The former Topshop New Gen designer, whose label is a mainstay of the London Fashion Week schedule will continue to show his own label in the UK capital while dividing his time between London and Paris to work on Mugler collections. His predecessor Formichetti, who is now at Diesel, had a successful two-year stint at the brand where he created buzz with his muse Lady Gaga and introduced the world to 'Zombie Boy'.
Cheryl Cole in David Koma on The X Factor [Rex]
Mugler currently generates an estimated $800 million in retail sales each year with between 90 and 95 per cent coming from popular fragrances such as Angel and Alien. Mugler Fashion's Virginie Courtin-Clarins, director of development, marketing and communications says that the company now wants to return to a focus on women’s ready to wear. She explained, “We agreed that we wanted a real couturier. We feel we need to focus on the product, and that’s why we’re starting with the pre-collection... We are very focused now on wholesale. We have an existing clientele, and we are going to grow the distribution in a strategic way.”
The details of Koma's contract have not been confirmed, but it is understood to be a “long-term partnership.”