This is a challenge designer Therez Fleetwood met head on by creating a range of beautiful bridalwear mixing ethnic fabrics and influences with European style and cuts.
Therez Fleetwood uses many different fabrics including Ashoke cloth from Nigeria, which has metallic threads woven into intricate designs, and Guinea brocade from West Africa. She combines these delicate fabrics with traditional silks and satins to produce unique gowns.
Each one of her dresses is handmade and has a matching headpiece with detachable veil, giving a perfect finishing touch to the overall look.
The outfit shown here was inspired by the Ndebele and Maasai people of Southern Africa. The bodice is adorned with beautiful beads, gold trinkets and cowrie shells. The beads extend down from the bodice to give some movement to the design. The skirt is straight with a fishtail and both pieces are made from Tussah (raw) silk. The headpiece is also based on the Southern African communities and gives a regal feel to the whole ensemble.