Cleopatra & I
“Now, that’s how you make an entrance!” I told my 10-year old self when I watched a voluptuous Elizabeth Taylor roll out of a carpet and onto the floor with stunning sass and self-possession in the movie ‘Cleopatra’ (1963). Liz, or Cleopatra – they became interchangeable to me – was about to lose it all and had smuggled herself into Caesar’s palace to beg for help. But of course, this bad-ass b***h didn’t beg but demand, casually stealing the Roman general’s heart while she was at it. Within a few minutes, I made a second mental note: when life drags you down, don’t be a drag, be a queen!
In the years since, I’ve made some dramatic entrances of my own (two words: bare-bottom dress. Just google it). And yes, like the formidable Queen of Egypt, I’ve had many moments when I thought I had lost it all. In love, in business, in life; I’ve been floored, gutted and downright desperate. But somehow, I never gave up. I would think of Liz Taylor getting married eight times (twice to Richard Burton, who played the love of Cleopatra’s life in the movie). And I would remind myself of Cleopatra losing and regaining her empire several times. Liz made me believe in love after love, Cleopatra in life after life. Together, these Comeback Queens helped me see a new beginning in every ending.
My goal, when I started marlies|dekkers over 25 years ago, was to empower women with sexy lingerie. I was thankful to the second-wave feminists who had found strength in burning bras and running with the boys. But couldn’t we be even stronger if we stopped underplaying our sensuality? Looking at Cleopatra, I saw a woman who slayed in many different roles: queen, goddess, mother, lover. Whereas female pharaoh Hatshepsut wore a fake beard to be taken seriously, Cleopatra flaunted her stuff – i.e. her womanhood – and became one of the most successful female leaders of all time. For several generations, we have been told to ‘man up’ if we want to enter the arena of power. Why not ‘woman up‘ instead? I decided it was time to reclaim that precious source of power: our femininity.
So, here we are. These past few decades, I have encouraged you to unlock your full potential – including your feminine powers – with my motto dare to dream, dare to grow, dare to be. What a journey it’s been! Together, we have dreamed bold, nurtured our talents and stepped into power. And yes, sometimes we have fallen flat on our faces… But we owe it to the brave women on whose shoulders we’re standing and to the generations after us to never, ever give up. To embrace each challenge as a chance to transform ourselves. Are you ready to continue our adventure? Let’s do it! There will always be setbacks. But each time we fall, we dust off, get up and start planning our comeback. And we make sure our re-entrance is gloriously dramatic, whether rolled up in a carpet or marching in on our stilettos.
Sun, sand, scissor kicks
I’m going on a trip and I’m bringing…
Well, unfortunately not my gorgeous personal trainer. But his sexy summer work out is a nice alternative. If you like torture, that is.
“Unlock Your Potential” book launch in New York
Marlies Dekkers, the cult Dutch lingerie artist, launched her new book ‘Unlock your potential’ on February 27th in the Dream Hotel Downtown, New York City… And what a night it was!
Crowned Queen of Scotland at only nine months of age, proud Mary Stuart (1542- 1587) was off to a flying start. A tall beauty with golden-red hair and bewitching hazel eyes, Mary was so charismatic, so brilliant with words that her cousin, Queen Elizabeth I, refused to meet her during their lifetimes for fear of being overshadowed.
Talent for Intrigue
Was Jane Boleyn, aka Viscountess Rochford, a villain or a victim? One thing is certain: no other woman in the 16th century was as closely associated with as many dramatic events…
Maison Marlies blog
The marlies|dekkers brand offers a wide variety of lingerie that can be worn by anyone and caters to every woman’s individual needs. Within our Maison Marlies blog you can read all about the life behind and surrounding the company. Whether you are eager to know where Marlies gets her inspiration for designing new lingerie collections, her lifestyle, healthy cooking ideas, or simply to share her taste in amazing art - you will find it in the blog. Our fearless creative director manages to find time to write about her business trips and even her shopping sprees and vacations for the times she can let her hair down for a while. And even while she is on holiday she will not leave you hanging.
Giving style advice
When you are feeling lost in finding the right fit or determine your bra size, Maison Marlies offers a set of guidelines so that you can continue shaking your bon bons without them falling out. You'll get style tips on how to wear and style your bras, and bikinis. You would not want a wardrobe malfunction which can actually be prevented when you are wearing high quality luxury lingerie. And when your breasts are kept in place in marlies|dekkers bras or bikinis, you can fully celebrate your femininity in all its glory and full potential. The blog offers advise on how to mix and match womens lingerie to boost, inspire your own fashion sense and keeps you updated on the latest fashion trends.
Marlies and friends
Her celebrity friends are also very pleased with that perfect fit a marlies|dekkers bra can offer you. These women proudly show off their marlies|dekkers lingerie sets in photoshoots for magazines, on stage when they're performing, during a cameo on tv or on the big screen in movies. Maison Marlies dedicates a special section of the blog to all gender equality related news so you are always updated about the latest developments around this special mission that embodies Marlies’ vision for the future.