Get Informed: Couture

by Marlies Dekkers

There is a special room in my basement where I keep my ‘couture babies’; my collection of designer fashion, built up over the course of 20 years. Every now and then I visit it to select a few pieces that get to spend some time in my current wardrobe upstairs. And so it happens that I often wear pieces that are 10, 20 years old! Every time I put one on, I realise my love for it has only grown.

During a photoshoot about 20 years ago, someone handed me a black and white stripy button down shirt by Costume National that turned out to be so much more than a shirt. When I put it on, I realised someone had made a statement in fabric. It was an expression of art, made with love. I decided there and then to start investing in pieces of clothing, just like some people do with art.

I love the idea of seeing ourselves as collectors, not merely consumers. Fashion has never been faster than now, with copies of designer looks hitting the high street within weeks, but I like it sexy and slow. Wearable art is something to be treasured over time, not trashed every season. That’s exactly the thought behind my marlies|dekkers Couture Collection ; one-of-a-kind designs, limited in availability, that really tell a story. But above all, made with love.

Check out my two latest Couture sets: The Firebird and Le Train Blue. They combine the impeccable fit and support that we stand for with rich, luxurious materials and delicious details: dainty bows, embroidered birds, delicate golden charms. Each piece a collector’s item. Because we think you’re worth it.

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This Valentine’s, don’t wait around for that love-note or those fancy chocolates to feel loved and desired. Express yourself to fall in love with yourself, now!