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Beulah Cooley Celebrated for Innovation and Excellence in Unique Fashion Design

Mrs. Cooley has redefined fashion within the Detroit region for a number of decades

Beulah Cooley

DETROIT, March 25, 2020, Beulah Cooley has been included in Marquis Who’s Who. As in all Marquis Who’s Who biographical volumes, individuals profiled are selected on the basis of current reference value. Factors such as position, noteworthy accomplishments, visibility, and prominence in a field are all taken into account during the selection process. 

Making an impact across the landscape of fashion for more than 40 years, Beulah R. Cooley has impressed her clientele with her unique and acclaimed designs crafted through her Detroit-based, independently operated company, Beulah’s Designer Fashion. Renowned as an innovator and an icon within the field of fashion design, she has further flourished with her line of original designs ranging from conservative looks to high-fashion, the Beulah Cooley Collection, which was established in 1993 upon the creation of distinctive denim peplum suits and treaded burlap suits that served as the anchor for her signature style. As a result of her exemplary fashion work, the Beulah Cooley Collection has been spotlighted at such high-profile outlets as the International Apparel Center of Design, the STYLEMAX Apparel Mart in Chicago and the Offin River’s Boutique, among other retail platforms, since 1993. 

Offering an experience described as a “clothes encounter of the best kind,” the Beulah Cooley Collection has garnered much critical acclaim and recognition over the past two decades, including profiles and cover features in Ebony, Jet Magazine, the Michigan Chronicle, BLAC Magazine, Gossip Mag, the Crain News and the Detroit Free Press. During this time, dresses and designs from the aforementioned collection were selected for the traveling show of Ebony Fashion Fair between 2002 and 2004, Detroit Fashion Week in 2006 and 2007, the March of Dimes Fashion Extravaganza from 1985 -2015, and the red-carpet event for the Don Davis 70th Composition Tribute Scholarship Award Gala in 2009. 

 Having found much success with the Beulah Cooley Collection, Mrs. Cooley hopes to utilize her momentum in the fashion industry for her next venture, BC Couture International, which will be highlighted in a number of esteemed red-carpet events around the globe in the coming years. 

Inspired to design clothes throughout her childhood, as she utilized her dolls as models for which she could refine her skills as a fashion prodigy, Mrs. Cooley’s artistic sensibilities were fostered with the support and encouragement of her mother, Mrs. Gustava Roberts, as well as her eighth-grade teacher, Ms. Thelma Nichols. As she entered her formative years, she excelled in a number of positions accruing firsthand experience with Bobbie Brooks Manufacturing Company in New York City, Barney’s Men’s Shirt Manufacturing Company in Meridian, Mississippi, and the McFein Manufacturing Company in Pachuta, Mississippi. With the unwavering support of her husband, the late Curtis Cooley, her family, and hard-earned money attained from these appointments, Mrs. Cooley enrolled in art illustration coursework at Oakland University in Michigan and obtained an associate’s degree in fine and studio arts from T.J. Harris Junior College in Meridian, MS. 

Cited among the Top Ten Designers Nationwide in the Canadian Mist Designers of the Future’s International Design Competition in 1983, Ms. Cooley has been praised as a winner in local fashion competitions, including the fashion design competition on “The Good Afternoon Detroit Show” in 1982 and her design was notably displayed at the Black Art Museum in New York City in 1992. As a testament to her excellence as a designer, she has been presented with the Spirit of Detroit Award, a City of Detroit Testimonial Resolution, an Engraved Trophy from the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, a Certificate of Appreciation from the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage and an Award for 30 Plus Years of  Dedication from the March of Dimes, to name a few. With a number of amazing highlights throughout her career, Mrs. Cooley profess her experiences attending fashion week in Paris, workshops in Milan and her interaction with Eunice Johnson from Ebony Magazine and the Ebony Fashion Fair among the proudest moments of her professional ventures. 

Beyond her primary responsibilities within the field, Mrs. Cooley has participated in numerous efforts outside of her professional circles. With her dresses featured in the “Fashion that Prevails” Exhibit at Cornell University February-May 2020, she thrived as the production wardrobe designer and a consultant for the 2014 film production of “Bring Back Summertime.” Serving as a runway Model/Designer at the March of Dime Annual Fashion Extravaganza, Mrs. Cooley has additionally contributed to fundraisers for the Y.M.C.A, Volunteer Fashion Coordinator for the March of Dimes and the Fashion Coordinator and featured Designer for the KARIBU MAJI “ Welcome Water” Well Project, benefiting Kilifi Kenya “North Coast”, Africa.  

Inspired by young people, Mrs. Cooley is currently creating classes for those interested in a career in fashion.  

For more information on Mrs. Cooley and the Beulah Cooley Collection, please visit www.beulahcooleycollection.com. 

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