innerwear as outerwear - Marlies Dekkers

Marlies Dekkers (Elisabeth Maria Johanna Dekkers, Oosterhout, 29 november 1965) is a famous Dutch lingerie designer. She has achieved international success with her lingerie designs. As the pioneer of the trend 'innerwear as outerwear' Marlies Dekkers has proven her versatility without a doubt. Her designs are seen nationally and internationally as trendsetting, innovative and pioneering. Marlies Dekkers has changed the world of lingerie for good with her inspiring designs and personal philosophy. All her designs are inspired by her own vision on life, and she wants to give women more self confidence.

  • 2015

    • Signature

      Signature Collection book

      Marlies Dekkers has already published a number of books. Together with Dutch writer Heleen van Royen, she wrote the bestseller Stout (Eng. Naughty), and 33 propositions, a collaboration between Marlies and writer Meghan Ferrill, was lauded in the poetry and art scene. However, these books are just a taste of the many titles Marlies has to her name.The marlies|dekkers Signature Collection consists of lingerie designs which have become iconic. They are immediately recognisable to many and still some of the most popular designs among fans of the brand. It was high time to publish the campaign photography and inspirational texts of this collection in an exclusive book. The Signature Collection book was published at the beginning of 2015 in a limited edition and is only available to a lucky few.

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    • rijksmuseum

      Marlies as a guest curator at the Rijksmuseum

      The Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam is one of the top museums in Europe. The first acquisition of current curator Wim Pijbes was the original “Blote Billenjurk” (Eng. “Naked Cheeks Dress”) designed by Marlies Dekkers, together with the famous “Spider Bra”. In the summer of 2015, Marlies was asked to be a guest curator for the fashion exposition Mode in Bloei (Eng. Fashion in Bloom). The exposition was opened with great aplomb by International Vogue editor Suzy Menkes and Marlies Dekkers's extraordinary style drew many a look.

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  • 2014

    • Maestro

      Marlies in TV show Maestro

      As an artist, Marlies Dekkers is naturally mostly known for her famous work as a lingerie designer, but her creativity goes much deeper. For example, she regularly shoots campaign photos herself and she paints a great deal, too. The Dutch television programme Maestro uncovered yet another talent: together with other celebrities, Marlies met the challenge of conducting the most complex compositions for a 65-piece orchestra. Marlies made it to the semi-final of the programme, which drew more than one million viewers each week. Now Marlies can also add the art of conducting to her repertoire!

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  • 2013

    • heritage

      20TH ANNIVERSARY MARLIES|DEKKERS

      Twenty years of lingerie evolution, twenty years of pushing boundaries, twenty years of innovation, twenty years of innerwear becomes outerwear, twenty years of making women more beautiful and more confident with high end lingerie designs, twenty years Dare to Be!

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    • rotterdam promotie prijs

      ROTTERDAM PROMOTIE PRIJS

      Marlies Dekkers has always seen Rotterdam as a huge source of inspiration and since the beginning of her career always felt a close bond with the city. The City council of Rotterdam wanted to show Marlies Dekkers their appreciation by handing out the Rotterdam Promotion Price.

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  • 2012

    • collaboration hunkemöller

      COLLABORATION HUNKEMÖLLER

      Marlies Dekkers designed four exclusives sets for Hunkemöller with the characteristic marlies|dekkers signature. The limited edition collection is sold throughout The Netherlands, Belgium and Germany. It is an instant success and the designer pieces become collector's items amongst fans.

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    • dare to drive

      COLLABORATION DARE TO DRIVE 

      To showcase her rich diversity as an artist, Marlies Dekkers designed a limited fiat 500. Only four were produced and given away to fans worldwide.

       
       

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  • 2011

    • pink ribbon

      COLLABORATION PINK RIBBON

      Marlies designed a special Pink Ribbon lingerie set. Part of the proceeds were donated to breast cancer awareness foundations around the world. Marlies also organized special sport clinics in the Netherlands and Belgium because research has shown that exercising more reduces the chance of breast cancer by 20-40%.

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    • magnum

      COLLABORATION MAGNUM

      Summer 2011 marlies|dekkers and Magnum in the Netherlands took on a unique collaboration. Marlies designed 500 limited edition special lingerie sets, that could be won when you bought a Magnum Tempation Fruit ice cream.

       

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  • 2010

    • secrets

      COLLABORATION SECRETS

      Marlies Dekkers created fiftytwo limited edition-articles for de Bijenkorf, a Dutch chain of upscale department stores. The theme of the collection is 'secrets'. Beside the christmas collection Marlies Dekkers designed the entire store decoration and the window displays.

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    • pink ribbon

      COLLABORATION PINK RIBBON

      In October Marlies set up a campaign for breast cancer awareness month in collaboration with Ari Versluis and Ellie Uyttenbroek throughout the Netherlands. Twelve strong famous Dutch women were photographed wearing the special lingerie set Marlies designed for the charity Pink Ribbon. Part of the proceeds were donated to the charity.

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    • victorian vampire night

      VICTORIAN VAMPIRE NIGHT

      Victorian Vampire Night; an ode to the romantic as well as the dark side of the Victorian era is celebrated during two exclusive parties, in Bloemendaal and Antwerp. A sneak preview of the fall|winter 2010 Dark Fever collection inspired by the Victorian era is shown during an exclusive catwalk show.

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  • 2009

    • store breda

      STORE BREDA

      In 2009 a new marlies|dekkers store opens in Breda.

       
       
       

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    • royal crystal leerdam

      COLLABORATION ROYAL CRYSTAL LEERDAM

      In 2009 Royal Leerdam Crystal asked Marlies to design a crystal vase for their exclusive limited edition collection. Marlies used the theme ‘Vanitas – glamour in crystal’, and translate this to a modern story in glass. Female shapes set the tone of the design.

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  • 2008

    • paris fashion week

      PARIS FASHION WEEK

      Marlies presents her collection during the Paris Fashion Week. This has been Marlies’ dream for many years. It was a unique chance for Marlies, because lingerie normally isn’t shown during the Paris Fashion Week.

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    • cila award

      CILA AWARD

      Maternity collection is launched, and wins prizes straight away, with the prestigious CILA award in New York in the category ‘Best Maternity’. All bras have practical cups, which are easy to open for breastfeeding, and also have a cool en sexy look. The slightly larger cuts and the wider shoulder straps ensure extra support.

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    • store utrecht

      STORE UTRECHT

      In 2008 two new marlies|dekkers stores are opened, one in the Hague, and one in Utrecht.

       
       
       

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    • retrospective exhibition

      RETROSPECTIVE EXHIBITION

      In 2008 the 15th birthday of marlies|dekkers was celebrated with an exhibition in the Rotterdam Art Hall: Retrospective Exhibition ’15 years marlies|dekkers’. The exhibition was filled with Marlies’ favourite art, photographs, films and her own designs.

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    • amsterdam fashion week

      AMSTERDAM FASHION WEEK

      Luna Park collection is launched during the Amsterdam International Fashion Week. A spectacular ball to celebrate the 15th anniversary was organised.

       
       

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  • 2007

    • store amsterdam

      STORE AMSTERDAM

      Marlies Dekkers opens a store in Amsterdam.

       
       
       

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    • more awards

      MORE AWARDS

      Marlies wins three awards. She is announced business woman of the year by the Prix Veuve Clicquot. She wins the CILA Award, Contours International Lingerie Award, initiated by the most famous trade paper of America, Contours. And she wins the Golden Record award for the concept of the design for the cover of the Sex ’n Jazz CD of Gare du Nord.

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    • stout

      COLLABORATION STOUT BOOK

      Marlies Dekkers launches the book Stout with Heleen van Royen. The book is about power, success and sexuality of women, and becomes a bestseller straight away.

       
       

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    • exhibition open close

      EXHIBITION OPEN/CLOSE

      Open/Close Exhibition. The Open/Close Exhibition was held in the BG in Amsterdam. Marlies Dekkers opens an exhibition named 'a very temporary art exhibition vol. 3', in which her lingerie and famous artworks were combined.

       

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  • 2006

    • exhibition open close

      EXHIBITION OPEN/CLOSE

      Open/Close, a very contemporary art exhibition created by Marlies. An installation of artworks and statues for inspiration, of – amongst others - Joep van Lieshout, Studio Job, A Zed and Two Noughts.

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    • birds of paradise

      BIRDS OF PARADISE

      Birds of Paradise collection, first show in Paris in Nouveau Casino.

       
       
       

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  • 2005

    • grand seigneur

      GRAND SEIGNEUR AWARD

      Marlies Dekkers wins the Grand Seigneur of the Dutch Textile Organisation Modint. De Grand Seigneur is the highest fashion distinguishment of the Netherlands. The jury chose unanimously for Marlies Dekkers.

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    • bal masqué

      BAL MASQUÉ

      Bal Masqué, masked glamour during Amsterdam International Fashionweek and in Antwerp Zoo.

       
       
       

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  • 2004

    • store rotterdam

      STORE ROTTERDAM

      Marlies opens her first marlies|dekkers store in the Netherlands, in de Witte de Withstraat in Rotterdam.

       
       
       

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  • 2003

    • 33 propositions

      33 PROPOSITIONS

      The book 33 propositions appeared in collaboration with the writer Meghan Ferrill to celebrate the 10 year anniversary of marlies|dekkers. The book contains 33 perspectives on life. Marlies organized a fashion show in the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen to launch the book.

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  • 2002

    • store antwerp

      STORE ANTWERP

      A marlies|dekkers store is opened in Antwerp.

       
       
       
       

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  • 1997

    • solo exhibition rotterdam art hall

      SOLO EXHIBITION ROTTERDAM ART HALL

      Marlies gets recognition from the art industry with a solo exhibition in the Rotterdam Art Hall. With this exhibition the Art Hall wanted to give Marlies Dekkers’ Innovative aspect of her creative designs some attention.

       

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  • 1994

    • dutch body fashion award

      DUTCH BODY FASHION AWARD

      Marlies wins the Dutch Body Fashion Award, and is named lingerie wearer of the year.

       
       
       

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  • 1993

    • start undressed

      START UNDRESSED

      With a government grant of 16.000 euros from the Ministry of Economic Affairs Marlies Dekkers sets up her first lingerie collection, Undressed.

       
       

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  • 1991

    • zeebelt prize

      ZEEBELT PRIZE

      Marlies graduates cum laude and wins the Zeebelt Prize for best student of all art academies within the Netherlands with her final project (the bare-bottom-dress).

       
       

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  • 1989

    • smirnoff award

      SMIRNOFF AWARD

      Marlies wins the Smirnoff Award with her collection.

       
       
       

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  • 1984

    • start degree

      START DEGREE

      Marlies starts her degree at the St. Joost Academy for Art and Design in Breda.

       
       
       
       

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  • 1972

    • suspenders

      SUSPENDERS

      Marlies asks her mother for suspenders. Marlies’ mother doesn’t buy them for her seven year old daughter.

       
       
       

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  • 1965

    • marlies dekkers born

      MARLIES DEKKERS BORN

      Elizabeth Maria Johanna Dekkers was born 29th November 1965 in the city Oosterhout.

       
       
       

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