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Therez Fleetwood African inspired bridal collection

By Elisa Smith on March 16th, 2007 0 comments yet. Be the First

Gowns2_1_04_2Women of colour often want to reflect their ethnic backgrounds when choosing a wedding dress, but still want something which is typically ‘bridal’.

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.

Therez Fleetwood is based in New Jersey but is happy to ship her gowns internationally. She can be contacted regarding styles and prices by email at [email protected]

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