Therez Fleetwood has made history again! Her kente print, shawl-collared swing dresses are featured in the fashion industry textbook used by college students today! – The SURVEY OF HISTORIC COSTUME, A History of Western Dress (Editions 1 thru 5).


Caption: “Colorful kente cloth patterns, like this painted fabric from Senegal, were being incorporated into the highly original designs by many African American designers. These designs were created by Therez Fleetwood for PheZula in 1993.”



The SURVEY OF HISTORIC COSTUME, A History of Western Dress. 1st edition.



The SURVEY OF HISTORIC COSTUME, A History of Western Dress. 2nd edition.


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.
Designer Therez Fleetwood at the Walt Disney World costume department in Orlando Florida in 1998.