Perusing through the New York Times recently, I stumbled upon the story of Zelda Wynn Valdes, a fashion designer who outfitted such incredible illuminaries of the 20th century as Ella Fitzgerald, Josephine Baker, Ruby Dee, May West & Marlene Dietrich.
Despite starting her career in the years of Jim Crow segregation, Valdes nevertheless strove to do what she wanted to do: create beautiful clothes for women of all shapes and sizes. And she succeeded, opening her own boutique in New York City in 1948.
She also helped other black female designers by starting the National Association of Fashion and Accessories Designers in 1949: the aim was to help these designers build networks, address discrimination in the workplace and promote diversity in the industry. Talk about a brave and courageous woman ahead of her time!
I loved her story and am so glad I got to learn a little about her. Read more about her via the link below: