The story behind my care bra for breast cancer survivors

The story behind my care bra for breast cancer survivors

by marlies|dekkers

Breast cancer awareness has always been a cause very close to my heart. And from the beginning of my brand, I have had conversations with breast cancer survivors who told me about their struggles, needs and wishes. Since comfort and support is in the DNA of all my designs, I often received very positive feedback from these women about my collections. But I wanted to know more. A few years ago, after a meeting with renowned surgical oncologist Jean Klinkenbijl, I decided to organize a special get-together for my team and a group of (ex-)breast cancer patients. That evening, I discovered that out of the 15 women present, 14 women had their needs met by my regular designs. Not bad, but not enough for me. I knew what I had to do: design a special post-op bra.

 

Based on all the precious feedback and professional advice I received throughout the years, I gave the bra a flexible shape to ensure an extremely comfortable fit. The soft, pre-shaped cups had to be wireless and offer more coverage than usual. I created a wide, crescent-shaped back panel with seamless wings for extra support. I also placed pockets on the inside that can hold any size of prosthesis in place. The result was optimal comfort and support, but I wanted to give more than that. My dream was to help women reconquer their femininity damaged by the disease. And so, as a stylish, finishing touch, I adorned the top of the cups with a beautiful play of lines, inspired by the Notre-Dame cathedral (to me, a glorious symbol of hope and grace). Et voilá, a combination of care, comfort and class. A Care Bra, created by all of us together.

 

This season, in addition to our black and ivory versions, I have designed a limited-edition Care Bra in a mysterious, deep blue fabric and added silver lurex accents for a subtle sparkle. As an ode to Queen of Crime Agatha Christie, I placed a silver-metal talisman, shaped like a miniature notebook and reading glasses, at the center of your décolleté. Art director/illustrator Emmanuel Katsaros made a special illustration of our 3-piece collection, emphasizing a theme of ‘strength’. “The strength can be seen in the women’s hands. They represent personal strength, but also the strength created by women supporting other women in a time of need. I used a lot of pink, as a reminder to get yourself checked regularly. The reason I made the women quite glam is because I strongly believe that every woman is beautiful and feminine, also after a life-changing event like breast cancer.”

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