Monthly Archives: January 2022

RIP Thierry Mugler (1948 – 2022)

Thierry Mugler was a French fashion designer known for his avant-garde, architectural, hyperfeminine and theatrical approach to haute couture.

Best of Mugler

My personal connection to Mugler is me seeing his photos (or was it one photo?) taken at the Tafraout site with the rocks painted by Jean Vérame. This was at the Animism exhibion at the MuKHA in 2010.

That photo can be seen in Thierry Mugler, Photographer (1988) by Thierry Mugler.

RIP Elza Soares (1930 – 2022)

Elza Soares was a Brazilian singer known for her work in samba. Early in her career she covered samba classics such as “Mas que Nada” (1963) and “Chove Chuva” (1963).

Deus É Mulher (2018)

Towards the end of her life she came with edgier work such as A mulher do fim do mundo (2015), Deus É Mulher (2018) and Planeta Fome (2019).

Meat Loaf (1947 – 2022)

“Paradise by the Dashboard Light” (1977)

Meat Loaf was an American singer noted for his grotesque stage persona. He is best known for interpreting two songs written by Jim Steinman: “Paradise by the Dashboard Light” (1977) and “I’d Do Anything for Love (But I Won’t Do That)” (1993) .

Meat Loaf became 74.

Steinman died died last year.

RIP Ricardo Bofill (1939 – 2022)

Ricardo Bofill was a Spanish architect who built Xanadu (1971), La Muralla Roja (1973) and Walden 7 (1975).

promotional video to ‘Visions of Architecture’ (2019), a work on Ricardo Bofill

His work references Gaudí, Palladio and Archigram.

Bofill’s opus is of major significance in European postmodern architecture.

RIP Jean-Jacques Beineix (1946 – 2022)

Betty Blue (1986), landlord and clearing and lighting the beach house scene.

Jean-Jacques Beineix was a French film director best known for Betty Blue (1986).

There was something about this film, which I saw when I was 21, which I found very off-putting.

I can never forget when she smears that plate of spaghetti bolognese all over her face.

But the scene above, where she snubs the landlord and throws everything out of the caban by the sea, their beach house, is quite hilarious. Then she lights up the place, foreshadowing here coming madness.

Must see film when you are 21, totally optional afterwards.