As a longtime resident of North Richmond,
Georgeva has experienced a treasured history as an
accomplished entertainer and fashion designer. During
preparation for the 30th anniversary of her
famous Georgeva Fashion Show (2005), she formed a close
friendship with producer Doug Harris which led to the
documentary film about her life.
“Through my association with Georgeva, I must say that
she is probably one of the best kept secrets in
Richmond," says Harris. "After spending two weeks
researching her background during the development of her
documentary, I was completely fascinated by her
creativity as a fashion designer. Her place in
Richmond’s history as an artist and entrepreneur was
truly something special to share in producing this
Georgeva’s career began in the early 1960’s during her
days as an exotic dancer in the Bay Area and Las Vegas.
She made her mark as the original fire dancer,
and received notoriety in Marin County dancing behind
the old shadow box. present.
During her days in the entertainment industry, she spent
a considerable amount of time designing and sewing her
own costumes, which led to her next career as a
designer. After having several boutiques in the West
County area, she became the first African American in
Richmond to have a clothing manufacturing business.
“Georgeva’s story is something that all young people
here in Richmond should view, because it shows a perfect
example of how people can work hard to overcome various
obstacles and barriers in life, and ultimately become
successful,” says Harris.
Georgeva has annual fashion shows in Richmond. Please
official website for details.