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Q. Tell us a little about your background, and what inspired you to design wedding dresses?
Back in 1999 when I launched the premire collection of Therez Fleetwood bridal collection wedding dress were carbon copy styles completely devoid of personal style. I was inspired by my travels abroad and fell in love with the beauty of the ethnic cultures that I experienced. With this inspiration I took a chance and designed a collection of gown that broke the modern wedding gown mold.
Q. How do you go about designing a wedding dress?
I like to take a walk in nature, the trees, the silence, the fresh air always relaxes me and allows me to connect with inner self. I will bring a sketch pad and begin to write down what inspires me and sketch preliminary ideas for what I would like the collection to portray.
Q. In your opinion how should a woman go about choosing a wedding gown?
A woman should always choose a gown that enhances her figure and silhouette. The dress should also be comfortable to wear and it should represent her individuality.
Q. Do you have a gown collection or piece you are most proud of and why?
My very first collection is what I am most proud of because I was able to really be free with my designs, and explore my creativity…the sky was the limit. These pieces will one day be donated to the Smithsonian’s African American Museum.
Q. Tell us about what you are currently working on?
I am currently working on a collection of evening dresses. I am really excited about this because I love working with color. They are unique, bespoke gowns and will be limited editions.
Q. What advice would you give to fashion entrepreneurs on how to establish longevity within an industry that changes so often?
You’ve got to really love design to stay in this industry. Be flexible and don’t get discouraged.
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