I Got a “D”

Insights and Stories that thread our fascination with fashion.

Sewing Class Howard University, Washington D.C. 1900, Wikimedia Commons
Sewing Class, Howard University, Washington D.C. 1900, Wikimedia Commons

I got a grade of ‘D” on my first piece I made in my high school sewing class.  I cried all the way home.  The perceived failure was a gift in courage and determination to still pursue my dreams.  Twenty years later, I became Vice President of Merchandising for the Walt Disney Company.   EDGE followers, designers, retailers – real risk can bring real failures and mistakes, but the lessons can lead to long term success.   Go for it!

Sewing Class circa 1899, Agricultural and Mechanical College, Greensboro, N.C., Wikimedia Commons
Sewing Class circa 1899, Agricultural and Mechanical College, Greensboro, N.C., Wikimedia Commons

Additional photo credit [first photo]:   Reportedly displayed as part of the American Negro exhibit at the Paris Exposition of 1900.; Title from caption card.; Images collected by W.E.B. Du Bois and Thomas J. Calloway for the “American Negro Exhibit” at the Paris Exposition of 1900 (Exposition universelle internationale de 1900).

One Comment

  1. erik@erikreel.com

    Wow. There is so much incredible sub-text inside this post, from the W.E.B Du Bois project link-up to the realities and truth involved. I can’t believe how much you packed into one “little” blog.  A+ in my book!

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