Suzy Creamcheese Loves You!

28 April, 2012 23 comments Leave a comment

The original Suzy Creamcheese sprung from the wonderfully twisted brain of Frank Zappa in 1966 when a letter supposedly written by her appeared on the back of his debut double album  "Freak Out", complaining that "these Mothers are crazy. You can tell by their clothes."

 

Within a few years, Leslie Fearon had assumed the moniker and opened a boutique in Las Vegas called Suzy Creamcheese that became legendary for selling amazing one-of-a-kind fashions coveted and worn by celebrities, show girls and strippers. Throughout the 1970s, movie stars like Ann Margaret, Shirley MacClaine, and musicians like Dionne Warwick, Cher, and Stevie Nicks, shopped at Suzy Creamcheese. Wives of mobsters loved the clothes too, a fact given a nod in the movie "Casino", when Sharon Stone's character, Ginger, talks about shopping there. Elvis Presley bought stagewear for himself from Suzy Creamcheese as well as outfits for his wife Priscilla Presley and a succession of girlfriends.

                             

Elvis on stage in a leather         Elvis girlfriend Linda Thompson      An Elvis leather fringed suit           Suzy Creamcheese label

Suzy Creamcheese suit            in a hand crocheted Suzy dress      worn onstage and privately

 

 

 I am lucky enough to own an original Suzy Creamcheese velvet Edwardian inspired skirt suit, available for purchase here at MagsRags.net.

Suzy Creamcheese Las Vegas suit                

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  1. Noreen Jackson September 20, 2020

    I was a singer in Vegas mid sixties and used to buy all my clothes there. I knew Jay and Suzy well and modeled a Spanish style creation for Suzy on a local tv show. She was fun and I spent a lot of money there. I was a real fashionista! I worked often at the Silver Slipper after I moved to Vegas. I saw Jay at Ceasar’s Palace where they had their store. We talked for a while. I had returned from a European gig mid 1971 and had been working as a jazz vocalist with Dexter Gordon and other legends.

  2. Scotty Kennedy September 20, 2020

    I’m with the Red Bay Museum in Red Bay, AL, the hometown of Tammy Wynette. We have a display on Tammy, the larges anywhere at this time, and we just recently got a dress designed by Suzy. If anyone knows of any others that she did for Tammy and any information regarding the dress please let me know. Thanks! Scotty

  3. Penny Ackerman August 08, 2020

    Margaret, it’s Penny! I used to work for you at suzy’s early 80’s. You and I were roommates for awhile too. If you see this, contact me on Facebook Penny Ackerman 😊

  4. Tony perrera August 08, 2020

    Long time friend of suzy/ Leslie and entire family lost touch in the late 90’s would love to find out any information… Tony

  5. Susie Davis August 08, 2020

    In the early 80’s I worked for Wayne Newton and while my house was being remodeled, I lived at the Aladdin with my two boys. I bought a beautiful crocheted dress at Suzy Creamcheese. I am going to sell it as I will never “fit into it” again.

  6. Angela lazon August 08, 2020

    I lived with Susie for a little bit in Las Vegas with her sister or nice I’m not sure what their relationship was it’s been so long but she was from Mexico City I would love to make contact with her again if that’s a possibility please email me

  7. JB August 08, 2020

    My mother was a designer for Suzy’s in the early ‘80s when I was young. She would bring home autographs from all manner of celebrities of the day. One time, after fittings ran long for the late country singer Dottie West, Mom had to race her to the show venue in Mom’s old Ford Mustang knockoff, her 1980 Mercury Capri. Dottie, always so warm and generous, comped us to the show, to which Mom had me bring a long-stem red rose to give to Dottie during the concert. Of course, Dottie pulled me up on stage and gave me a kiss—a horrifying event at the time for a ten-year-old, but one that I look back on with the fondness fitting of a great era. Suzy (aka Leslie Dekeyser, with three daughters, named Lyric, Dance, and Tune) was generally kind, too, but struggles with cocaine gave her an unpredictably volatile temper. Eventually, the FBI stormed her Fashion Show boutique, arresting her and ultimately sending her to prison for a time, marking an abrupt end to what was my mother’s happiest, most creative career adventure. I always hoped Suzy’s life after that would return to its erstwhile opulence, or at least that she would live a long, happy life.

  8. Richard August 08, 2020

    Those Elvis outfits were made by North Beach leather. Not her .
    I know that for a fact .

  9. Lilli Blue August 08, 2020

    I got my love of Vintage at Suzy’s shop in the 70s. She wasn’t very friendly at first. I wad just a kid and had no money. But I loved the smells and feels in her shop do much she couldn’t run me off. I stood, did not touch and just soaked up the most amazing vintage clothing. Now in LA I go to The Way We Wore. They are so nice. It’s like museum.

  10. Diane mankoff Silvets August 08, 2020

    We were best of friends all through junior high and high school. She was a very adventurous girl who was adored in our group of friends
    We hung out at north Hollywood park. She definitely stood out in a crowd and was always ready to help a friend if need be. Am in Vegas with her mutual friends Barbara Rose and Elaine Metvish
    We always talk about our buddy “Kelly” who became the famous Suzy Creamcheese. We would love to know how she is since reading she was seriously ill and ate praying she is alive and well and her school buddies send her our love and would love to connect
    No friends like old friends at this stage of life….when I come to Vegas and meet up with my pals we always reminesce about the good old days….if anyone knows her whereabouts, please let me know

  11. Kelli November 05, 2019

    Suzie Creamcheese was also in the Fashion show mall when it first opened in the early 80’s. As I recall it was upper level on the far right. I did alot of beading at the time and wanted to work for the store beading but was alwaus too chicken to ask. I remember that the dresses were made out of vintage curtain velvets and regal looking fabrics. Whoever did the sewing was amazing and I cannot believe that they would even consider accepting minimum wage as they could have easily gotten a much better price for their work.

  12. Ilyse Smith November 05, 2019

    What memories. I lived in LV in the 70’s and bought so many beautiful outfits there. glam!

  13. Sheri Mirault November 05, 2019

    I introduced Cher to Suzy Creamcheese.
    Still have my handbags and Fur jacket from the 70s….one of a kind.. can’t part with them….

  14. JPC May 18, 2019

    This is so amazing to just hear her name again I .. just a little kid my sister used to talk about her and I thought what a cool name and that’s what brought me to the article was your name night eagle and I thought that was pretty cool too did you know my dad he was a fighter pilot at Nellis and the seventies anyway please get back to me I have an original Bob Mackie made for it that was made for you know who dot-dot-dot dot-dot…. in the late 60s for the World’s Fair I’m not sure what that year was but anyway I would love you to look at this dress it has very little damage but it’s absolutely stunning….. very very heavy and sparkly please get hold of Ursula anytime take your time and take care….JPC😇

  15. Tia Night Eagle April 02, 2019

    I worked/managed and designed clothes for Suzy Creamcheese in the early 70’s,, an awesome time going to LA for design week, shopping and a whole lotta fun hang’n with the peeps.. Tia Rat

  16. Suzy Hudson April 02, 2019

    I worked at Suzy Cream Cheese in about 1981. There is a pic of me on a bunny’s lap wearing a pink bouffant strapless dress. If anyone has that pic I would really like a copy. I do couture design and sewing still. Thanks, Suzy Hudson

  17. REBEKAH October 17, 2018

    SHOPPED AT THE ALADDIN HOTEL STORE…HAD SO MUCH ONE OF A KIND STUFF…LEGENDS ARE MADE OF THIS STUFF

  18. Kathy Harmon September 16, 2018

    Suzy creamcheese was my favorite store in the 70’s! Still wish it was here❤️

  19. Margaret September 16, 2018

    I managed Suzy’s stores in Vegas and Houston for 3 years during the mid-90s. I am so so sorry to hear that she is ill, Janet Parke. :(

  20. Emilia November 18, 2017

    While living in Las Vegas from 1983 to 1988, I use to always shop at a small Suzy Cream Cheese boutique which was across from the Stardust. The only thing I can’t remember, was what the name of that shopping center/Casino was called in front.

  21. Jodi September 16, 2018

    What ever happened to Suzy Creamcheese in Vegas? I used to hang out there with a girl named Dance Dekiezer (spelling?). We used to play in the boutique, trying on clothes and being typical little girls. I have searched the internet and can’t find even one photo of that boutique. Do you have any info or pics that you can lead me to? Thank you.

  22. Alex Cooke January 11, 2016

    My grandmother, Maria Bravo, was the designer for Suzy Creamcheese during the late 70s/ early 80s. She worked in a small room above the store in the Aladdin Hotel.

    She worked for minimum wage and produced about one dress a week, which usually sold for about $800-$1,300.

    Though she didn’t make as much money as I thought she deserved, she loved the freedom she had to create whatever she wanted, and loved the way the managers treated her.

    My mother has many dresses that were made for during by my grandmother during that era and has finally decided to sell a few. I’m wondering if there might be any interest from people who appreciate the workmanship and design that my grandmother put in to designing and creating these dresses.

  23. janet parke May 18, 2014

    I am so blessed to know suzy (leslie Fearon) for almost 2 years now, she is in the hospital fighting for her life. She is the most inspriring person I know and she is a fighter so pray with me that she comes home and thank you for sharing your web page and story with the world , she loved her clothing designs and most of all the people that bought and enjoyed her designs bless you my sweet friend god bless her and please help her come home janet parke