David Koma didn't look at Mugler's vast, 5,000-piece archive before designing his debut collection for the house. "I wanted to focus on the new Mugler woman," said Koma, who was appointed creative director in December, replacing Nicola Formichetti. Koma said the archive will be referenced for future collections—and just because he turned away from it this time around doesn't mean he doesn't respect the house codes. In fact, the designer began his career because of Thierry Mugler: After seeing a range of Mugler looks in his mother's fashion magazines as a child, Koma instantly decided that fashion was his calling.
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