In 1992, George Michael came out with a music video so ripe with up-and-coming fashion talent, and vintage influence, the themes and costumes of which are still surfacing in modern day fashion and pop culture. The Brit singer is mostly known for his successful solo career, his ‘80s band Wham! And more recently, his legal woes. But when Michael joined forces with none other than French designer Thierry Mugler. The music video for the Michael’s hit song Too Funky was Mugler’s directorial debut; the outcome was nothing short of inspired. It starred Linda Evangelista, who had also been in Michael’s Freedom music video (directed by David Fincher), Tyra Banks and Nadja Auermann, Estelle, Hallyday and Julie Newmar, who played Cat Woman in the 1960s Batman series. Newmar also modeled in Mugler’s runway shows during the ‘90s.The whole video is thought provokingly sexy which is saying a lot. Music videos notoriously objectify women and the video could have easily gone that way but instead seems to flip the power around. The models strut the runways in marvelously dark dominatrix-like ensembles. The colorful yet dimly lit video screams ‘90s and the S&M like designs are sultry and luxurious, playing with texture, volume juxtaposing overly hard and soft pieces demonstrating that these dream girl divas are in control, harnessing the power of the sexual themes lent from Mugler’s designs and owning it. Not to mention the exceptional vamp-like beauty looks provide the perfect fall makeup inspiration.
Mugler and Michael had a falling out during the shoot, which is why he wasn’t credited as the director of the music video. However there is a director’s cut. Watch the uncut version in all its glory.
In the 2009 music video for Paparazzi, Lady Gaga wore a Mugler robot inspired metal leotard and arm piece like what Emma Sjöberg wore in the Too Funky video. Sjöberg’s motorcycle corset was also worn by Beyoncé during her “I am Sasha Fierce” Tour for which Mugler designed the costumes.
Lady Gaga, Emma Sjöberg & Beyonce, all wearing Thierry Mugler.
Most recently, Agent Provocateur’s campaign video for their A/W ’13 collection was inspired by the Mugler’s directorial debut. The video is called “Control Yourself,” and stars Australian actress Melissa George, and models Chloe Hayward and Elettra Rossellini Wiedemann.