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by Marlies Dekkers

I love to share! Click here and enter my world of wonder. Here I’ll keep you updated about everything fun, fabulous and fundamental in my life. Stay tuned for delicious design, early jogging, business adventures, amazing art, shopping sprees, healthy cooking, inspiration trips, fun with friends, wild nights out and my oh so many guilty pleasures… And, I’ll tell you all about my ways to celebrate females’ sexual liberation.

Embrace your dark side – get inspired for Halloween

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Embrace your dark side – get inspired for Halloween

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Imagine if there were a night where it would be socially acceptable to indulge your deepest darkest dreams. An annual opportunity for women to dress like their sexual fantasies – be it a blood-thirsty vampire or a flirtatious nun – without getting ‘slut shamed’. Wouldn’t that be amazing? Well there is a night just like that, and it happens to be one of my favorite moments of the year: Halloween.

My magic mold – nothing but the best for your boobs

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My magic mold – nothing but the best for your boobs

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Let’s start with a little experiment. Take a marlies|dekkers bra and hold one of the cups by your ear. Squeeze it and let go. What did you hear? A gentle ‘pop’ as it bounced back? I like to compare it sound of a well-made car door closing, say that of a Mercedes. It’s subtle and right.

One perfect day in the city of Angels

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One perfect day in the city of Angels

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I just love being an LA woman. There’s nothing like starting the day with a hike in the Hollywood Hills, followed by a green tea espresso, some vintage Gucci-hunting on Melrose, a dip in the ocean and a hot date at the Chateau Marmont. This is the place where I can go from being a fitgirl to a fashionista to a beach goddess to whatever the hell I want!

From marilyn’s guns to Gwyneth’s designer booty

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From marilyn’s guns to Gwyneth’s designer booty

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So, strong is the new sexy. But is it really that new? Anyone who has seen pictures of Ginger Rogers’ killer legs or Marilyn Monroe lifting weights in her bikini knows that in Hollywood, fit has always been hot. A short history of the fit film diva.

Where the ‘queen of cups’ meets the ‘dress doctor’

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Where the ‘queen of cups’ meets the ‘dress doctor’

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In art school, many years ago during a nude model drawing class, I had a life changing insight: What if I, as an artist, used a woman’s body as my canvas? If you make a painting, someone will hang it on their wall. If you design a chair, someone will sit on it. But if you design lingerie, someone will wear it, and by doing so, complete your art! I had found my mission.

My couture collection – a cross between magic and camouflage

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My couture collection – a cross between magic and camouflage

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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.

Mistress of transformation

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Mistress of transformation

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Some people call her the most important figure in the history of Hollywood costume design, to others she is the style maven who showed millions of women how to dress for success. But to me, Edith Head will always be the mistress of transformation. In the words of one of her star friends: “If Cinderella had Edith Head, she’d never have needed a Fairy Godmother.”

Perfect with all your imperfections…

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Perfect with all your imperfections…

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Do you feel quite vulnerable on the beach? No wonder! Just think about it: you’re laying on your back, surrounded by strangers, and you’re wearing something minuscule that, just a few hundred meters down, on the boulevard, you wouldn’t be caught dead in! Simply put: the beach has its own set of rules.

My Golden Combination

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My Golden Combination

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Ever wondered why you feel so amazing in my swimwear? So comfortable and confident, so safe yet so sexy? What is the secret? Well, it all started in art school, many years ago, during a nude model drawing class…

My lingerie in the movie “Fifty Shades Darker”

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My lingerie in the movie “Fifty Shades Darker”

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On the 7th of February Marlies Dekkers attended the Dutch premiere of “Fifty Shades Darker”. The movie, based on the second novel of the bestsellers trilogy of E L James, showed one of the designs of Dutch lingerie designer Marlies Dekkers.

In the realm of seduction

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In the realm of seduction

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The Japanese, more than anyone else, know how to elevate the art of sensuality and seduction to a higher level. There are actually several Japanese movies that changed my (sex-)life. ‘Warm water under a red bridge’ for example, broke the taboo of female ejaculation in the sweetest, most poetic way.

Fake it to Make it

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Fake it to Make it

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‘She paints her face to hide her face,’ Arthur Golden wrote in ‘Memoirs of a Geisha’. And sure enough, traditional geisha make up, with its snow white face, deep crimson lips and dramatically black eyes and brows, has the effect of a mask.

The art of seduction

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The art of seduction

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No other woman on earth is as devoted to the art of seduction as the geisha. Just imagine: to be so masterful that you can cause accidents in the street with one simple gaze! So let’s learn from the best and re-awaken our inner femme fatale…

Valentine’s top tip

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Valentine’s top tip

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With Valentine’s Day coming up, let’s talk #seduceyourself. To me, the summum of seduction is driving a man insane, just by exposing a glimpse of your wrist while pouring him tea. Can you imagine?

Female ejaculation

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Female ejaculation

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Does the G-spot exist? Well, the ancient Greeks knew exactly where to look…and it gave a special meaning to the term ‘nectar of the gods’.

Fighting the power in our underwear

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Fighting the power in our underwear

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From the suffocating corset and the burned bra to Madonna’s iconic cone-bra; the three  feminist movements have all used lingerie as a symbol for the cause. So, what’s next?

Bra Styles

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Bra Styles

by Marlies Dekkers

A teeny triangle or a super push up bra? Read on to find out about the best bra shapes for your body!

Waking up the Goddess in you

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Waking up the Goddess in you

by Marlies Dekkers

The goddess is back! From Nigella Lawson, self-acclaimed ‘Domestic Goddess’, to Jennifer Lopez whose (much younger)
lover adoringly talks about his ‘Sex Goddess’. And how about women everywhere using the term to affirm their sisterhood,
as in: ‘You go, goddess!’?

WIN my beach essentials!

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WIN my beach essentials!

by Marlies Dekkers

I love the beach and when it comes to my beach bag, I’m incredibly organised. A day spent in the sun, sand and waves? I’ve got the essentials! And now you have a chance to WIN my favourites!

Love yourself and let the world be your Valentine

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Love yourself and let the world be your Valentine

by Marlies Dekkers

And so, I will spend my first Valentines alone. Not literally alone; as usual, I will be surrounded by friends, family, lovers even. I’m just not in a steady relationship, for the first time in almost 25 (!) years.

Why Turning 50 Rocks!

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Why Turning 50 Rocks!

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‘It took me 50 years to look this good.’ I always smile when I see that quote on t-shirts and birthday cards. Because you know what? It did take me 50 years to look and feel this good! Here’s how…

The Story: Mulholland Drive

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The Story: Mulholland Drive

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The bedroom is your very own soft & lustrous sanctuary, where your inner-most secret fantasies come out to play…Awaken Your Senses.

The Story: Calamity Jane

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The Story: Calamity Jane

by Marlies Dekkers

Galloping through the great outdoors with the wind in your hair, not knowing what lies ahead is what keeps you going… Awaken Your Senses.

The Story: Femme Fatale

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The Story: Femme Fatale

by Marlies Dekkers

Erotically charged, you remain in total control as you paint the town red, no matter what the night throws your way…Awaken Your Senses.

Horny on Demand

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Horny on Demand

by Marlies Dekkers

What if there really was a machine or gadget that could turn you on with just a click? Well, one legendary Italian cartoonist made that idea look very sexy indeed…

How to Throw A Sexy, Stylish Soiree

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How to Throw A Sexy, Stylish Soiree

by Marlies Dekkers

Imagine: Picasso telling dirty jokes to a Nobel Prize winning scientist while Coco Chanel is making out in the corner with her (not so-) secret lover Igor Stravinsky.

How the French put females forward!

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How the French put females forward!

by Marlies Dekkers

At the first modern Olympic Games in Athens 1896, women were not allowed to compete, since that would be “impractical, uninteresting, unaesthetic, and incorrect. Read on to find out how the French turned this around!

A Boob Experiment

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A Boob Experiment

by Marlies Dekkers

“Please draw your own breasts and write one sentence explaining how you feel about them,” I asked 15 great women working for marlies|dekkers….

#FreeTheNipple

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#FreeTheNipple

by Marlies Dekkers

What is erotic? Mark Zuckerberg (founder of Facebook and gatekeeper of online content) may think just a nipple does the trick, but I believe that sometimes it takes more than a naked body to arouse erotic desire.

The Perfect Fit: Shake Your Bon Bons!

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The Perfect Fit: Shake Your Bon Bons!

by Marlies Dekkers

When you try on a bra, you usually stand and watch yourself in a mirror, right? You might bend forward a little, turn around slowly to see the bra from different angles, but that’s it. You like how it looks? You buy it.

Sun, sand, scissor kicks

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Sun, sand, scissor kicks

by Marlies Dekkers

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.

What’s in my beach bag?

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What’s in my beach bag?

by Marlies Dekkers

A sexy book, a pair of killer sunglasses, some sultry tunes; to me, packing my beach bag is like having a private pre-beach-party.

Coco crazy

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Coco crazy

by Marlies Dekkers

Stranded on a deserted island? No problem! As long as I have a huge jar of organic virgin coconut oil with me. Let me tell of the many ways I use this multi-tasking miracle.

Happy Mother’s Day!

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Happy Mother’s Day!

by Marlies Dekkers

What does it mean to you to be a mother or a daughter? I find it very hard to punt into words, but a few years ago, I had a chance to put it into images.

Bikini babe at 80

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Bikini babe at 80

by Marlies Dekkers

Bikinis should only be worn by skinny young women, right? Wrong! My own mother proved that you’re never too old to overcome your bikini-fear.

Neptune’s bikini code

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Neptune’s bikini code

by Marlies Dekkers

You know that feeling? The closer you get to the sea, the stronger the urge to undress. But you don’t need to lose yourself completely..

Sexy Saffron

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Sexy Saffron

by Marlies Dekkers

Meet my latest spice obsession: saffron. A bright red spice so sensual and precious, I like to call it the Louboutin of the spice world.

Pulp friction- I love Fifty Shades. You’ve got a problem with that?

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Pulp friction- I love Fifty Shades. You’ve got a problem with that?

by Marlies Dekkers

Let me start by saying: I’m a bit of a cultural snob. From classical music to literature, it’s the heavy stuff that rocks my boat. Dante’s Divine Comedy is my favorite book of all time, I think that says enough! Still, I really enjoyed Fifty Shades of Grey, and with me, 100 million (!) women worldwide.

Dare to go pro on your face; tips and tricks

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Dare to go pro on your face; tips and tricks

by Marlies Dekkers

During over 20 years in the business I got to watch the best make up artists work their magic. Such a thrill to see them completely transform people, including me! Still I encourage everybody to be their own make up maestro; we express ourselves with our clothes, why not with our make up? Here are some great tips and tricks I ‘stole’ from the professionals..

Sparkling La Source

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Sparkling La Source

by Marlies Dekkers

Paris, the city of love, great minds, pere Lachaise, fashion and arts.
I’ve been visiting Paris for almost thirty years and every time when I walk through this beautiful city, I have the irresistible need to pay a visit to a show in Opéra Garnier.

Pussy power: dare to start the vagina dialogues!

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Pussy power: dare to start the vagina dialogues!

by Marlies Dekkers

During my journey to get rid of the bladder infections that used to plague me, I visited doctors all over the world –mostly male- who told me the kind of nonsense that eventually made me feel like an exasperated Alice in Wonderland.

Dare to kiss

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Dare to kiss

by Marlies Dekkers

With each of my designs, I touch your body and trace your curves. I kiss you everywhere and leave my mark on you. And you, in return, breathe life into my lingerie.

Ready for my close up!  #frameyourbeauty

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Ready for my close up! #frameyourbeauty

by Marlies Dekkers

The “selfie” is something which has become a huge part of our modern culture. And I, a self-proclaimed selfie fanatic, could not have been happier. But to many the question remains: WHHYYYY???

Dare to be a kitchen goddess

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Dare to be a kitchen goddess

by Marlies Dekkers

I find cooking relaxing, grounding and even sexy. To quote writer Michael Pollan: ‘The very best cooking is a form of intimacy.’ And so I tell my friends to get back in the kitchen. Some follow my advice, others tell me I’m crazy. Like my dear friend Heleen van Royen.

Dare to be a Spice Girl; going gaga for ginger

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Dare to be a Spice Girl; going gaga for ginger

by Marlies Dekkers

It was Queen Elizabeth’s favorite spice, and it’s a well- known remedie for nausea and the common cold. But did you know that ginger can drive you wild with desire? First, let me show you how to make the perfect ginger tea..

Dare to Bare; the story of my ‘Bare Bottom Dress’

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Dare to Bare; the story of my ‘Bare Bottom Dress’

by Marlies Dekkers

What do you want to tell the world? In order to find out, sometimes you have to bare your soul. For me, it all came together when I designed my ‘Bare Bottom Dress’. Read what happened when I put my dress –now a museum piece- to the test in Amsterdam’s Red light district.

I believe in an honest self-reflection

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I believe in an honest self-reflection

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Almost a new year, for a lot of people the time to make up their new year resolutions. Not for me. I look back on what happened the past year and take the time for some honest and important self-reflection.

I believe in challenges

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I believe in challenges

by Marlies Dekkers

From a young age I’ve done all kinds of sports. I’m an active person who likes to challenge myself. But I came to the shocking conclusion that I used to sport like a girl…

I believe in coming home for Christmas

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I believe in coming home for Christmas

by Marlies Dekkers

The cold wind, dry air, freezing temperatures, dark nights… it is winter! While others grumble about the upcoming snow, I’m singing Christmas songs and make my home a winter wonderland.

I believe in a heart-ship connection

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I believe in a heart-ship connection

by Marlies Dekkers

In life you meet all kind of people. With some you have a superficial connection, others you forget after a while, but the best ones are those who touch your heart and complement your life.

I believe in turning yourself on

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I believe in turning yourself on

by Marlies Dekkers

According to a recent study, ‘men have more varied sexual fantasies than women’. We have some catching up to do, ladies! Let’s start now, by taking that sexy selfie one step further.

My Final Maestro Memory

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My Final Maestro Memory

by Marlies Dekkers

Classical music means everything to me. I wake up and go to bed with it. My participation at Maestro gave me the opportunity to immerge in the world of great composer in which I find so much joy.

My Beliefs

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My Beliefs

by Marlies Dekkers

My story starts with a motto. A motto which I have for more than 20 years. It has always inspired me but most of all I want to inspire others with my saying; dare to dream, dare to grow, dare to be.

Time for me to share it all….

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Time for me to share it all….

by Marlies Dekkers

My live has been a journey of learning, trying and finding my way to, eventually, my own destiny. With my blog Maison Marlies I share it all, no holding back.

My intimate moment at Maestro

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My intimate moment at Maestro

by Marlies Dekkers

I’m still in the running to become a Maestro and they gave me the ultimate test to stay concentrated. I had to conduct with one of the biggest harp players of the world. Something happened during the show, which made me forget the entire orchestra and audience.

Show the world all your talents

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Show the world all your talents

by Marlies Dekkers

We had to do a new photoshoot and while searching for the right team I suddenly thought, I should make the photos myself! Being a creative means sometimes having ideas in your head which are hard to explain to others.

Feeling like being twenty again doesn’t come easy

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Feeling like being twenty again doesn’t come easy

by marlies|dekkers

When I became 45 I wanted to give myself a birthday present. What would make me really happy? It would be great if I could give myself another 10 years of the energy level I had at that moment. I collected a team around me with specialists, personal trainers and nutritional experts, to help me with this goal.

Trying to become a Maestro!

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Trying to become a Maestro!

by Marlies Dekkers

For a television program I am competing with 8 other Dutch personalities to become THE “Maestro”. The last few weeks have been nerve wrecking; I found my new passion.

My week; an inside look

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My week; an inside look

by Marlies Dekkers

I never have a week with a same sort of agenda as the week before, or the week ahead. That’s because I sometimes live the life of four different people.

Showing less or more butt?

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Showing less or more butt?

by Marlies Dekkers

I have the most amazing daughter in the whole wide world, let’s start with that. But sometimes I feel there’s a difference between what we both perceive as being normal.

My dose of art

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My dose of art

by Marlies Dekkers

As much as I have a love for fashion designers, beautiful fabrics and craftsmanship, I also have a love for spending my time visiting exhibitions and wandering through museums.

Private space

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Private space

by Marlies Dekkers

Is her house as fashionable as her lingerie…? Well, let me take you on a tour through my (lingerie) closet.

Art from the heart

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Art from the heart

by Marlies Dekkers

I was invited to make a contribution for a charity auction. They asked me to take pictures of things that I love deeply. The result would be a unique piece of art reflecting my heart.

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.