Marlene “Marli” Thomas is the creative director of Marlene H’ Couture, an American fashion design company and luxury lifestyle brand specializing in bridal and red carpet gowns, and ready-to-wear women’s clothing. Marli began her professional fashion journey in 1983 in her home country of South Africa studying at both the Linea Fashion Design Academy, and later at LaMode Fashion College in Australia.
As a former retailer and owner of a high-end women’s clothing boutique, Marli used her innate fashion knowledge and creativity to build her own brand. Adding to her already successful bridal and eveningwear collections, Marli has recently introduced a ready-to-wear collection and accessories line under the brand name, Marli by MHC.
As a mentor to novice fashion designers, Marli uses her expertise and experience to help lead the next generation into the ever evolving fashion industry. She is passionate about human and animal rights and uses her influence to assist charities around the world.
The M.H.C. (Marlene H’ Couture) brand has participated in fashion shows and events throughout South Africa, Asia, Europe and the U.S. as is recognized by the international press as a favorite among celebrities and First Ladies alike.