Dare to shine your brilliant light

Dare to shine your brilliant light

by Marlies Dekkers

All my work as a feminist designer is inspired by muses. Powerful female icons from past and present. Although women have been marginalized for centuries, archetypes of female power have always been there. Through my designs, I bring them to you. To help us shape the world of modern-day feminism.

This season, we travel into the mystic with 12th century polymath, proto-feminist and powerfrau Hildegard von Bingen. Living by her credo 'the soul is symphonic', the German visionary harmonized and manifested her soul's manifold desires in a magical way that continues to inspire us. Founding two monasteries, composing an entire catalogue of sacred music - still hugely popular on Spotify! - and penning nine books on subjects ranging from botany to cosmology to human sexuality (including the Western World's first known description of the female orgasm); Hildegard was a Renaissance woman long before the Renaissance. Most importantly, she was a creator.

Listen to Hildegard's heavenly songs, read her radiant, colorful visions - she is inviting us across the centuries to tap into the luminous life energy that connects us all - the 'Greening Power', as she called it - and CREATE! After all, if we were really made in the image of our Creator (a female energy, in the nun's visions), aren't we all creators too? By urging us to visit our 'Ecclesia' or 'inner church' and discover the multi-colored mosaic of our hidden talents, Hildegard dares us to dream. With her philosophy of self-healing and self-realization, she dares us to grow. Hildegard may have been a nun, but her mission went beyond religion. It was about choosing love and light and daring to be.

My 'Ecclesia' Couture Collection was inspired by Hildegard von Bingen's unforgettable, multifaceted life. I created a stained-glass mosaic print in luminous colors, using unique symbols that shine a light on your own talents and passions. Lingerie meets 'high' fashion in the bold, graphic straps that frame your curves like the uplifting, high-rising arches of a cathedral. To bolster your spirit, I enriched the lining of the bottoms with one of Hildegard's most beautiful quotes: 'Even in a world that is being shipwrecked, remain brave and strong.'

Dare to shine your brilliant light!

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