Therez Fleetwood – Bio
With a background steeped in high fashion and World Couture glamour, Therez Fleetwood designs exceptionally made and sharply edited wedding and evening gowns for the modern woman. Her focus on feminine silhouettes, intricate construction, and that perfect detail is evidenced in her signature hand-beaded dresses and body-sculpting silhouettes. The use of luxurious fabrics and an eye for detail have branded Therez as a sought after designer of exotic couture.
Thérèz Fleetwood launched her first company under the label of PheZula Collection, dressing celebrity clients such as Angela Bassett, Vanessa Williams, Yolanda Adams, Kim Coles and Queen Latifah, and Shari Headly. Her fashions have been on exhibit at The City Museum of New York for both the “New York Get Married” and “Black Style Now” exhibits and at the Fashion Institute of Technology, in honor of the Black Fashion Museum. As a custom designer, she worked with clients around the world from Germany, Egypt, Italy, Tanzania, and Australia.
Thérèz was also a featured designer, along with Russell Simmons, highlighted in Macy’s “Catch the Designers” which provided a ‘behind the runway’ look at the diverse designers impacting fashion today. Her fashions appear in Fairchild Publication’s text book entitled Survey of Historic Costume, as well as many noted fashion magazines. She has been a guest on several talk shows including the Today Show, Good Day New York, the Dallas Morning News, and a nationally syndicated television commercial for American Express entitled “Portraits”.
It was her desire to travel that brought her to several countries throughout the world. And It t was her love of Africa, its culture and arts that prompted her to write the national best seller The AfroCentric Bride – A Style Guide. She is also a featured designer in The Threads of Time, Fabric of History, which celebrates the struggles and achievements of African-American dressmakers and designers and their contributions to the world of fashion.
Therez made history when she designed the only Afrocentric costumes to be worn by Mickey and Minnie Mouse at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida, which have now become part of their themed costume collections. Ms. Fleetwood’s entrepreneurial spirit and achievements earned her the Allstate Insurance Company’s “From Whence We Came, African-American Women of Triumph” Award.