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the daughter of Elizabeth Dearing, a nurse from Tuskegee, Alabama and Charles Dearing, a tailor from Manhattan. She had two sisters, Carole and Bianca, and also two brothers, Charles and Andre. Dearing reported that she inherited her tailoring talent from her both parents. She grew up in Manhattan and graduated from City College with a B.A. in mathematics and science.

Dearing’s dream was to become a dancer and an actor, but she is ultimately known for her skill as a costume designer. She began as a dancer with Chuck Davis at The Ailey School and with the Sun Ock Lee Dance Company and Mariam Makeba. She acted in The Great MacDaddy and Dream on Monkey Mountain with the Negro Ensemble Company, which was founded in New York in 1967 She married John Parks an accomplished dancer at The Ailey School with whom she had a daughter Aissatou She and ...

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costume and fashion designer, was born Zelda Barbour in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania. She was the eldest of seven children of Blanche Christian Barbour, a homemaker, and James Barbour, a cook on the Pennsylvania Railroad. Zelda received a Catholic school education that included training in music. As was typical for girls growing up in the early twentieth century, she learned to sew as a child by making doll clothes. She refined her technique observing her grandmother's skilled dressmaking and recalled in a 1994 interview (Gonzalez, 1994) that at a young age she made a dress for her grandmother that so pleased the older woman that she was buried in it.

During her long career Zelda Valdes was known by various names including Zelda Valdes Zelda Wynn Valdes and Zelda Wynn Her career in fashion began when she moved to White Plains New York as a teenager where she worked in ...