Therez Fleetwood and Disney

Did you know it was Therez Fleetwood who designed the kente cloth costumes for Mickey and Minnie Mouse in Disney World Florida? These designs were created exclusively for the Miss Black Collegiate pageant back in 1998. Her designs are now a part of Mickey and Minnie’s 150 Special Occasion outfits. It is the only time the Disney corporation allowed an outside designer to design for their icons.  Way to go, Ms. Fleetwood! #MakingHistory

mickey and minnie therez fleetwood 1Designer Therez Fleetwood at the Walt Disney World costume department in Orlando Florida in 1998.








All That Jazz! Celebrating The Fabric Of Our Culture

As a designer, I love when I am able to be self-expressed with my creations. This dress was created exclusively for the finale of LEGACY – Celebrating the Fabric of Our Culture in Philadelphia, PA.   For all you jazz enthusiasts… this one’s for you!

therez fleetwood jazz dress

Creating this dress was an extremely long process.  I used double-ply silk satin fabric, 1/8″ gold metallic cording, bugle beads and seed beads.  There is also a built-in corset and crinoline underneath. Here is design and construction process below;

jazz fabric and trims


STEP 1 – sketching all the Jazz band members. (ie. singer, trumpet, bass, piano, drums, etc…)
jazz sketches


STEP 2 – laying  out and positioning all musicians on the fabric.jazz laying out sketches



STEP 3 –  tracing  the images on the fabric.
jazz tracing onto fabric


STEP 4 – machine stitching, along the lines and hand hand-sewing the beaded trims to create the artwork on the dress.
jazz sewing