Elisa Pesapane made a series of drawings that accompany the Marlies Dekkers spring | summer 2021 lingerie collection and portrait her muse for this season, Cleopatra.
The complete series is also featured in the new issue of Marlies Dekkers’ FEMININE / FEMINIST magazine.
Marlies Dekkers lingerie collection spring | summer 2021
“All my work as a feminist designer is inspired by muses. Powerful female icons from past and present. Through my designs, I bring them to you to help us shape the world of modern-day feminism.
This season, we ascend the throne of our personal power by channeling the original Feminine Feminist: Cleopatra. A shrewd strategist, a skilled diplomat and a dazzling self-promoter, the Egyptian queen ruled for 22 years with more courage and charisma than most male leaders before her. Not afraid to celebrate and deploy her femininity, Cleopatra mixed passion and politics, and was slutshamed for it for over 2000 years. Well, let them talk! From ‘femme fatale’ to ‘evil seductress’; the queen herself would have laughed off the labels, knowing that no patriarchal propaganda can obscure the glorious power of a woman who owns her femininity”
– Marlies Dekkers