I got a grade of ‘D” on my first piece I made in my high school sewing class. I cried all the way home. What I thought was a 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!
Photo credit [first photo]: Sewing Class Howard University, Washington D.C., 1900 [Wikimedia Commons]. 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).
Read more on the images: Fashion Culture | W.E.B. Du Bois’ Exposition des Nègres d’Amérique Transformed the World’s View of Black in America, from A Study of Eight project.