CHARLESETTA WICKS
Apparel Design ’67

Wicks at her FIT graduation

Wicks at her FIT graduation

Charlesetta Wicks was given a retrospective of her fashion designs and paintings at the African American Museum in Hempstead, NY, last year. She came to FIT in her 40s and interned with Wesley Tann, one of the first African-American designers to own his own New York City boutique. She designed outfits for several music groups, including Jerry Butler and the Peaches, a soul band popular in the ’60s and ’70s. The title of the exhibition, Cocoon Metamorphosis Butterfly, references her love of butterfly motifs. “From that lowly position in life, [the butterfly] finally emerged as a lighthearted beautiful creature and shared his beauty and lightness with us,” Wicks says. “I think I’m obsessed with butterflies because I am one.”

A painting from Cocoon Metamorphosis Butterfly.

A painting from Cocoon Metamorphosis Butterfly.

Featured Photo: Wicks’ fashion designs and paintings in Cocoon Metamorphosis Butterfly.