About Us


Described as a natural by her peers,  international and celebrity fashion designer Marlene “Marli” Thomas serves as the owner and creative director of Marlene H’ Couture fashion house.

Marli began her professional fashion journey in 1983 in her home country of South Africa as a student of Linea Fashion Design Academy and later  LaMode Fashion College in Australia.

A former high end boutique owner, Marli used her innate fashion knowledge and creativity to build her private label specializing in avant garde and couture bridal and red carpet gowns. Now an internationally celebrated brand, Marlene H’ Couture not only produces its staple couture pieces, but it continues to grow adding a ready-to-wear line, “Marli by MHC” and an accessory line. The Marlene H’ Couture brand is known for its flair of elegance, femininity and described as undoubtedly timeless.

She prides herself in being a mentor to other novice fashion designers; using her expertise and experience to lead the next generation into the evolving fashion industry. She is passionate about human and animal rights; demonstrating her love for both by using her brand and influence to assist charities around the world including various cancer organizations.  
Marli received accolades and press from around the world including Top Dressed Lady of South Africa with other honors in fashion capitals like London and Italy. Her brand was featured at the Gotham Studios in New York and as a designer at the fall 2016 New York Fashion Week® showing her most recent pret-a-couture collection. Pieces from Marlene H’ Couture were featured in the Mido Eyewear’s 2017 international advertising campaign and Cosmoprof, Bologna, Italy.

Marlene H’ Couture’s ready-to-wear and accessory lines will be available online and in select department stores in the near future. She is also available to design custom couture pieces for bridal consumers and celebrity red carpet functions.

You can find her at www.MarleneHCouture.com and various social media platforms using @MarleneHCouture.

You can also reach her at MHC@MarleneHCouture.com for questions about custom and wholesale orders.

For press and marketing opportunities, please email her at Pr@MarleneHCouture.com.

Better yet, see us in person!

By appointment only.

Marlene H' Couture

Fort Wayne, Indiana, United States

(260) 241-4084


Monday - Friday: 9am - 5pm

Saturday: By appointment

Sunday: Closed

Drop us a line!

Marlene H' Couture


Fort Wayne, IN 46814

Phone: 260-241-4084

Email: Mhc@Marlenehcouture.com