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Marlies Dekkers celebrates 15 years with exhibition

The lingerie designer celebrates 15 years in the business with an exhibition in the Kunsthal, Rotterdam.

By Editor Design.nl /asdf 27-05-2008

The lingerie designer celebrates 15 years in the business with an exhibition in the Kunsthal, Rotterdam.

Back in 1997, the Kunsthal Rotterdam exhibited Dekkers' work with the exhibition 'undressed'. Now, the Kunsthal presents 'marlies|dekkers', a survey exhibition of her work. The exhibition will show both her sources of inspiration and her designs. Works of art, films, scale models and photographs will aim to immerse the visitor in the world of Marlies Dekkers.

International success

It all started when she was granted a subsidy by the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs in 1993. Since then, the brand has expanded to nine shops and over 1000 points of sale worldwide. Her designs are sold all over the world: from Las Vegas to Berlin and from Rotterdam to Hong Kong. Pop stars like Nelly Furtado, Kylie Minogue and Christina Aguilera wear her designs, but European Commissioner Neelie Kroes is said to be a fan.

Background

Marlies Dekkers graduated in 1991 from the Sint Joost Academy for Art and Design in Breda. The famous ‘bare buttock dress’ she presented at her final presentation at the academy attracted a lot of publicity. In 1993 Marlies Dekkers started her company in Amsterdam in her bedroom, she designed her ‘spider bra’ and registered her brand name 'undressed'. In 2007, Marlies Dekkers was declared Business Woman of the Year, an award for commercial and dynamic women, honouring their persistence and creativity in business. In the summer of 2007, she also won the CILA Award in New York for Best Fashion Lingerie. In the beginning of 2008, the Mayor of Paris awarded her the ‘Creator of the Year Award’, an honourable award from the lingerie capital of the world.

The exhibition will run from 31 May to 29 June 2008.

(Photo Carin Verbruggen © 2007 marlies dekkers)

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