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.
Originally from Boston, where she got her start in fashion, Therez started designing clothes at the age of 12 and she sold her first dress on the famed Newbury Street in Boston at the age of 15 while working as an apprentice under the Italian couturier, Alfred Fiandaca. This was quite an accomplishment at that age as Newbury Street was home to Giorgio Armani, Chanel and Roberto Cavalli, just to name a few. Therez moved to New York to attend The Fashion Institute of Technology and she worked as a production coordinator on 7th Avenue in the garment district. It was as a production coordinator, overseeing garment production, technical garment specifications and quality control, that she honed her skills in garment construction, fit and couture construction.
In 1996, Therez branched out on her own and launched her first designer collection under the label, PheZula. Her line was sold to specialty boutiques throughout New York City and she made custom designs for private clientele and celebrities including EnVogue, Vanessa Williams, Angela Bassett, Queen Latifah, Yolanda Adams, Kim Fields and Sheri Headly.
Therez’s bridal and evening designs have been on display in the “New York Gets Married” and “Black Style Now” exhibits at the Museum of the City and at the Fashion Institute of Technology in honor of the Black Fashion Museum. She was also a featured designer 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 and she has been a guest on several television shows including the Today Show, Good Day New York and the Dallas Morning News, as well as 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 was her love of Africa, its culture and arts that prompted her to write, The AfroCentric Bride – A Style Guide, Amber Books Publications. Ms. Fleetwood’s entrepreneurial spirit and achievements earned her the Allstate Insurance Company’s “From Whence We Came, African-American Women of Triumph” Award. She also 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 collection.
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