CIRCE

Wool crepe sheath coat with bell sleeves and wool felt appliques.

All Fashion-Art coats are bespoke, custom made for each client. Delivery lead-time is 60 to 90 days.

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Special Projects

FashionArt

Fashion Designer, Therez Fleetwood and Visual Artist Kottavei are creating FashionArt with a purpose.

 

The Veil of Womanhood. FashionArt collaboration with fashion designer,Therez Fleetwood. Visual Artist V. Kottavei.

 

 

Novelist Nnedi Okorafor made her red carpet debut at the 70th Primetime Emmy Awards, ((top center, top right) where she promoted her upcoming HBO series, Who Fears Death, based on her award-winning book. Hand-painted by visual artist V. Kottevai on silk gown made by Therez Fleetwood.

 

 

Fashion Art Fusion
Art Meso Exhibit 2018 – “Truly in bloom, inspired by saturated color and personal growth. Women oftentimes gather in clusters reaching towards the nourishing sun much like sunflowers. The women themselves are the seeds planted that grow with proper tending.”

 

 

All That Jazz! Celebrating The Fabric Of Our Culture

 

August Wilson Center for African American Culture hosted the Multicultural Arts Initiative’s third annual celebration of diversity in the arts with “Legacy: Celebrating the Fabric of Our Culture,” a program celebrating diversity and richness of the arts and fashion.

The evening culminated in a fashion show with the models of the Utopia Modeling Agency in a program titled, “FashionAfricana.” But this wasn’t your typical fashion show with models strutting fancy duds on a runway. The fun and creative styles were showcased as part of a skit, produced by Mark Southers of Pittsburgh Playrights Theatre Company, set in a 1940’s night club. The models of the Utopia Modeling agency acted as patrons to the club as the skit unfolded to the music of the PJO.

 

 

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 the design and construction process below;

 

THE DESIGN PROCESS:

jazz laying out sketches
SKETCHING – I sketched all the Jazz band musicians. Including singer, trumpet, saxophone, trombone, bass, piano, drums, and guitar.
jazz tracing onto fabric
LAYOUT & TRACING: I placed the sketches along the bottom of the dress and then traced the images on the fabric to create the lines for stitching.

jazz fabric and trims
MATERIALS: I used double silk satin fabric and 1/8″ metallic gold cording. Also included hand-sewn beads.
jazz sewing
SEWING: I machine stitched the 1/8″ trim (inch-by-inch) along the chalk lines and hand hand-sewn the beaded trims to create the artwork on the dress.

FINISHING TOUCHES: I hand-sewed bugle beads and small round gold beads to create a design and texture on their clothing.
ABOUT THE DETAILS: A piano key pattern was created along the hemline with the 1/8″ gold cord.

 

FashionAfricana™

Inspired by the Lost Boys of Sudan and their extraordinary journey from Africa to America, the following fashion and jewelry designers created African-inspired custom designs reflecting each region of the Lost Boys’ journey from Sudan to Ethiopia, Kenya to America.

WIKIPEDIA – The Lost Boys of Sudan was the name given to a group of over 20,000 boys of the Nuer and Dinka ethnic groups. These boys were displaced o orphaned during the 2nd Sudanese Civil War in which about 2 million were killed and others were severely affected. The boys embarked on treacherous journeys to refugee camps where they were sheltered for a few years. Soon, official resettlement programs began throughout the US. The Lost Boys were offered new lives in major US cities.

Gown inspired by the colors of the authentic wedding dress worn by women of Sudan. Red and mustard matte satin with 1/8″ metallic gold trim.
Original sketch used to create the final dress with patchwork pattern and Coptic cross on the back train.

 

Therez Fleetwood and Walt Disney® World

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

 

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FINISHING TOUCHES – New York Designer Therez Fleetwood, of the Phe-Zula Collection, puts finishing touches on new costumes for Mickey and Minnie Mouse.  Fleetwood worked with Walt Disney World’s creative costuming department on the costumes for the couple’s appearance on the nationally televised Miss Collegiate African American Pageant, taped at Disney-MGM Studios Theme Park. The colorful kente costumes will be added to their wardrobe of more than 150 special occasion outfits.

 

Book – Black Men and intimacy – Voices From Across the Diaspora

 

Black Men and Intimacy – Voices From Across the Diaspora
Romance Concierge, Therez Fleetwood, chronicles the intimate lives of Black men in the 21st century

 

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE –  INTERNATIONAL: Black Men and Intimacy – Voices From Across the Diaspora explores the complexities of relationships through the minds of Black men in the 21st century.  Author Therez Fleetwood spent hundreds of hours having one-on-one conversations with 50+ Black men from ages 20 to 70, who gave no holds barred answers to intimate questions that are seldom discussed in relationships. 

“One of the toughest things about being a Black male is that it’s rare to find people who understand us. Black men, young and old, have been characterized by society’s interpretation of who we are. This book debunks those stereotypes”. – ISAIAH, age 35 

Black Men and Intimacy – Voices From Across the Diaspora  captures the vivid personalities and poignant personal stories of five generations of Black men from all walks of life and various occupations.  It is an impactful, emotional, uplifting and inspiring compilation of personal interviews that provide insight into Black men’s thoughts about love, relationships, communication, sex, intimacy, and much more. Black men have passionate triggers to love just as much as women do and they express their love in ways that are unique to them. 

 

In Black Men and Intimacy – Voices From Across The Diaspora, Fleetwood interviewed men on everything from: What is intimacy to (Black) men? How do (Black) men feel about marriage?  What are (Black) men afraid of in relationships? And, Do (Black) men want feedback in the bedroom? Black men also share their thought about sex and sexual pleasure and the types of women they find attractive.

Black Men and Intimacy – Voices From Across the Diaspora is not a theoretical analysis of Black men overall, nor is it written to stereotype or categorize them in any way. Instead, it provides a porthole for Black men to express themselves freely as they discuss issues that are real and prevalent in their lives and their relationships.

According to Therez Fleetwood, “I wanted to archive and preserve the intimate lives of Black men for future generations. It’s important for Black women to hear their stories when it comes to understanding the intimate and emotional lives of Black men. I think this is where our healing as a community begins, by having conversations that allow us to cultivate more emotional, intellectual and physical intimacy.”

Black Men and Intimacy – Voices From Across the Diaspora is purposefully written so Black women and men can take another step towards understanding each other and cultivating more intimacy within their personal relationship and within the Black community. The questions asked in this book are probing and the answers are direct. Whether you are married or single, female or male, this book will open up a pathway to conversation and exploration.

 

 

 

 

Therez Fleetwood is the CEO of Luxury Romance Concierge. She has been working with couples for over 20 years as a wedding coordinator, adult toy educator, life coach and romance concierge. Her work provides couples with various ways to enhance the romance, intimacy and bliss in their relationships. Therez is also the author of  Men and Intimacy. Real Talk. Real Answers and  Black Women and Intimacy – Voices From Across the Diaspora (Spring 2022)

 

 

 

 

RETAIL CUSTOMERS: ORDER ON-LINE OR WHEREVER BOOKS ARE SOLD

BLACK MEN AND INTIMACY Paperback (Amazon) / BLACK MEN AND INTIMACY Ebook (Amazon)

Bookstores – Libraries – Universities email your purchase orders to: Ingram Book Company

For interviews, bookings or further information,

Email: info@therezfleetwood.com

 

Gemstone Wedding Dresses

Therez Fleetwood designs wedding gowns that incorporate natural gemstones to heighten your spiritual energy on your wedding day.

 

For centuries, people have believed that certain natural gemstones have the power to generate good energy and luck.  Gemstones not only look good but wearing them also gives the bride tranquility, harmony, and balance on her wedding day.  What better way to incorporate this powerful natural energy into your ceremony than to have them hand-sewn onto your gown. Not only will these gemstones enhance your natural aura, but the faint clicking of the stones hanging below her waist when she walks down the aisle creates a sensual sound for both the bride and groom.

Gemstones are perfect for calming the nerves and heightening the senses. They provide spiritual protection. purification. stability and strength. The bride can choose stones for wedded bliss, love, luck, inner security, and unconditional love. All gowns are custom made to order. Prices available upon request. 

 

 

 

 

CLEAR QUARTZ is known as the stone of power and amplifies any energy or intention. It enhances and strengthens the aura as it protects against negativity and attunes to your higher self.  JADE, the stone of purity or purification. It is a stone that protects and supports loving heart energy. It also symbolizes gentleness and nourishment, harmony, and balance. CARNELIAN restores vitality and motivation.  It gives courage and motivates for success.  It helps in trusting yourself and your perceptions.

 

 

KYANITE aligns all chakras. It provides a balance of yin-yang energy and dispels blockages, as it moves energy gently through the physical body.It has a calming effect on the whole being, bringing tranquility.  CITRINE is a premier stone of manifestation, imagination, and personal will. Carrying the power of the sun, it is warm and comforting, energizing, and life-giving. It stimulates the chakras clearing the mind and stirring the soul to action. AMETHYST is a stone of spiritual protection and purification; cleansing one’s energy field of negative influences and attachments. It creates a resonant shield of spiritual Light around the body.

Moorish Wedding Kaftans & Kimonos

Many brides today are choosing wedding attire that reflects their heritage. Therez Fleetwood’s kaftans are inspired by the cultural influences of Moorish women. Brides who want to dress conservatively and culturally, and choose not to wear a veil, an inspired kaftan or kimono is a perfect fit. Brides can choose to complete their look with a bespoke forehead band or turban inspired headpiece. Prices available upon request.

 

 

AMAT (left) ivory georgette with gold embroidery; YAMINA (center) mint chiffon with bold, colorful embroidery; ASIA (right) ivory georgette with antique gold embroidery. All belts are detachable. Headpiece sold separately.

 

 

Cowrie shells, seed beads, and trinkets adorn these beautiful accessories by Ayida Honor.

Cowrie Shell Wedding Dresses

Cowrie shells are known as the most successful and the best form of currency in the various regions of the world. According to the African legends, the cowrie shells are representing the goddess protection which is highly powerful and is connected with the strength and power of the Ocean.  Therez Fleetwood’s made-to-order gowns feature a variety of silhouettes with both natural and hand-painted cowrie shell adornments.  Prices available upon request.

 

 

ZAHARA (left) – double silk satin with hand-painted pearlized cowrie shells; NANDI (center) – silk shantung with natural cowrie shells; ASHA (right) – silk brocade with natural cowrie shells. Veils and headpiece sold separately.

 

 

AMALIA (left) – silk shantung ball gown with hand-painted cowrie shells; ZARI (center) powder blue double silk satin with natural cowrie shells; MELODY (right) – silk shantung with natural cowrie shells. Veils sold separately.

 

 

TERESA (left) – double silk satin with natural cowrie shells; NEEMA (center) – silk charmeuse and chiffon with natural cowrie shells; CAMILLE (right) silk satin with natural cowrie shells.

Museum Exhibits

It’s was dynamic, bold, and colorful! It’s street style, and it’s high fashion. – New York Times

An exploration of how black style has evolved in New York City and how hip-hop has turned fashion on its head. Hip hop has made black style big business, showcasing black designers and claiming a global market of consumers eager to buy the latest in Black Style Now. The exhibition features garments by pioneering as well as contemporary black designers and outfits worn by style-setters such as Beyoncé, Sean “Diddy” Combs, and LL Cool J. Jewelry, accessories, footwear, and clothing by major hip-hop mega-brands are also on view, as are photographs of fashion icons past and present.

 

Therez Fleetwood’s BABWE dress on display. Baby blue, gold, chocolate, and ivory silk dupioni with cowrie shells embellishments.

 

BLACK STYLE NOW EXHIBIT, CITY MUSEUM OF NEW YORK.

 

 

FashionArt

Fashion Designer, Therez Fleetwood and Visual Artist Kottavei are creating FashionArt with a purpose.

 

The Veil of Womanhood. FashionArt collaboration with fashion designer,Therez Fleetwood. Visual Artist V. Kottavei.

 

 

Novelist Nnedi Okorafor made her red carpet debut at the 70th Primetime Emmy Awards, ((top center, top right) where she promoted her upcoming HBO series, Who Fears Death, based on her award-winning book. Hand-painted by visual artist V. Kottevai on silk gown made by Therez Fleetwood.

 

 

Fashion Art Fusion
Art Meso Exhibit 2018 – “Truly in bloom, inspired by saturated color and personal growth. Women oftentimes gather in clusters reaching towards the nourishing sun much like sunflowers. The women themselves are the seeds planted that grow with proper tending.”

Bespoke Bride Keepsake Dolls

Wedding Keepsakes: Bespoke Dolls for the Bride


The oldest collection of dolls dates back to 2000BC. and were found in the Egyptian tombs of wealthy families. These dolls were constructed of flat pieces of wood, painted with various designs and with “hair” made of strings of clay or wooden beads.  It is believed that they were cherished possessions.

Doll Collectors today, are still cherishing these collectibles and it is Therez Fleetwood who is creating custom couture fashion doll designs as heirloom gifts that collectors can enjoy.  Brides can now capture the essence of their wedding gown attire with miniature doll keepsakes.

With just the aid of a photograph, these exquisite one of a kind dolls are designed to not only look like the bride in skin tone and hairstyle, but are dressed in a handcrafted replica of the pictured dress.  All gowns are hand-crafted and made from natural fibers including silk, cotton, and wool. They are fully lined and adorned with a variety of gorgeous beads, trims, and Swarovski crystals.

These miniature gowns are created with the same amount of care, craftsmanship, and pride that go into each of Therez Fleetwood’s couture gowns. These designer dolls make perfect gifts and can be passed down from generation to generation.

 

Steps to creating your one-of-a-kind doll;

Step 1 – Email us a photograph of the bride in her wedding dress. (Or if you would like to present this to the bride as a wedding gift on her wedding day, then you will send us a photo of the bride, her dress and any other details that for her styling on her wedding day).

Step 2 – We then source for a doll with the same hair and skin color of the bride.

Step 3 – We buy the fabrics, trims, and beads that closest resemble the wedding gown and accessories the client is wearing.

Step 4 – Production begins. The paper pattern is made. The miniature dress is cut, assembled, and tailored. Hair is restyled. Jewelry, bouquet, and accessories are restyled.

Step 5 – Your replica doll is photographed and shipped to you. 

*Delivery lead-time is 3-4 weeks.

*All custom dolls starting at $499

 

A GIFT TO THE BRIDE FROM HER HUSBAND FOR THEIR 25TH WEDDING ANNIVERSARY.

A GIFT FROM THE BRIDE’S HUSBAND FOR THEIR 3RD WEDDING ANNIVERSARY.

A GIFT FROM THE BRIDE’S HUSBAND FOR THEIR 5TH WEDDING ANNIVERSARY.

 

 

A GIFT FROM A WEDDING GUEST PRESENTED TO THE BRIDE ON HER WEDDING DAY.

 

 

A GIFT FROM BRIDE’S MOTHER FOR HER FIRST YEAR WEDDING ANNIVERSARY.

 

 

A GIFT TO THE BRIDE FROM HER MOTHER ON HER 1ST WEDDING ANNIVERSARY.

 

ORDERED BY THE BRIDE TO BE ON DISPLAY AT HER WEDDING.