Marylène Madou is a print and fashion designer based in Limburg, Belgium. She is the founder and designer of her own printed fashion label, Marylène Madou and the founder of full service pattern design studio, The Print Archive.
In her studio, she creates repeat patterns for the fashion industry, homeware, stationery and accessories. All repeat patterns are created from unique hand drawn and painted elements, edited and put in a seamless tile in Illustrator and/or Photoshop.
Print is the ultimate starting point in everything Marylène does. Starting with solely original drawings based on researched references, every repeat pattern is created in house.
“It often is a particular image that triggers my eye, whether an animal on a vase, a shape or a colour combination in a painting. An eclectic and colourful aesthetic is what comes forth out of my fascination for historic textiles and unique objects; colour research and drawing are highly important to me in the process … prints simply give me the opportunity to create my own world and wear my own world.”
Marylène graduated as a Master in Textile Design in 2015. She won the ‘Silhouette of the Future’ fashion design contest, curated by the Fashion Museum of Hasselt, where she was praised for her print development and insight in materials and finishing. After graduating, she interned and worked for several fashion labels, print studios and retail brands in the UK, USA and in Belgium before launching her own label. Marylène Madou was established in Belgium in 2016, aptly named after the designer herself. The Print Archive pattern design studio was established later, mainly due to the fact that Marylène's archive of prints kept growing and that was something she wanted to share with the creative industry.
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