Posted on: March 27, 2024 Posted by: Dr. Courtney A Hammonds Comments: 0

In the world of fashion, few names evoke as much respect and admiration as Therez Fleetwood. Born and raised in Boston, Fleetwood’s journey to becoming a renowned fashion designer is nothing short of extraordinary. From selling her first dress on Newbury Street at the age of 15 to attending The Fashion Institute of Technology in New York, Fleetwood’s passion for fashion and commitment to excellence have propelled her to the forefront of the industry.

Fleetwood’s career trajectory took a significant turn when she launched the PheZula Collection label, specializing in Afrocentric attire. Her designs quickly gained attention, attracting a clientele that included celebrities like Angela Bassett,  EnVogue, Vanessa Williams, and Queen Latifah. As a custom designer, Fleetwood’s reach extended far beyond the borders of the United States, with clients from Germany, Egypt, Italy, Tanzania, and Australia seeking her unique creations.

Celebrities showcasing custom designs by Therez Fleetwood, including Queen Latifah and En Vogue.

But Fleetwood’s influence goes beyond the world of fashion. She has showcased her couture wedding dresses on national television shows like the Today Show and Good Day New York, and her designs have been featured in museum exhibits celebrating African American culture and style.

Model adorned in bespoke bridal creations by Therez Fleetwood.

Fleetwood’s partnership with visual artist V. Kottavei resulted in a bespoke fashion/art garment for sci-fi writer Nnedi Okoraor at the 2018 Emmy Awards, further cementing her reputation as a visionary designer.

In addition to her contributions to fashion, Fleetwood is also an accomplished author, with four books to her name. Her works explore themes of intimacy, relationships, and cultural heritage, offering readers unique insights into the complexities of Black life and love in the 21st century.

Harlem Renaissance Reverie, presented by Therez Fleetwood Photographer: Skyy Wonders (IG: @skyywonders) Assistant Photographer: Brianna Oglesby (IG: @shotsby_brioh) Creative Director: Avnah Long (IG: @avnah) Retoucher: Lily Nguyen (IG: @lily_retoucher)

Now, Fleetwood’s latest endeavor takes center stage: the ‘Harlem Renaissance Reverie’ collection. Inspired by the cultural and artistic flourishing of the Harlem Renaissance, this museum-inspired fashion-art collection pays homage to the luminaries of the era.

Therez Fleetwood

“In the words of Therez, ‘The Harlem Renaissance was a pivotal period in American history that witnessed the rise of extraordinary artists delving deep into themes of Black life, identity, and the pursuit of freedom of expression. These influential artists addressed pressing political, historical, cultural, and social issues that continue to resonate in our society today.'”

 

Each garment is a masterful blend of traditional craftsmanship and contemporary design, telling the stories of artists like Langston Hughes, Zora Neale Hurston, and Duke Ellington through intricate details and rich symbolism.

 

Fleetwood’s commitment to honoring African American culture and history shines through in every stitch of the ‘Harlem Renaissance Reverie’ collection. By challenging industry norms and redefining standards, Fleetwood shapes the future of fashion, championing diversity, inclusivity, and cultural pride.

As we celebrate Women’s History Month, let us pay tribute to She-roes like Therez Fleetwood, whose creativity, talent, and unwavering dedication continue to inspire us all. Learn more at her official website at TherezFleetwood.com.

Yours in fashion,

Dr. Courtney A. Hammonds Senior Fashion Editor, Upscale Magazine

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