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Jermikko Shoshannah Johnson

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Profession

Category:
StyleMakers
Occupation(s):
Fashion Designer

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Purple
Favorite Food:
Sushi
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer, Winter
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Miami, South Beach, Florida
Favorite Quote:
I'm Terrific And Getting Better. It's Not Over 'Til I Win, And Then I Start Again.

Birthplace

Born:
8/20/1948
Birth Location:
Chicago, Illinois

Profession

Category:
StyleMakers
Occupation(s):
Fashion Designer

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Purple
Favorite Food:
Sushi
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer, Winter
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Miami, South Beach, Florida
Favorite Quote:
I'm Terrific And Getting Better. It's Not Over 'Til I Win, And Then I Start Again.

Birthplace

Born:
8/20/1948
Birth Location:
Chicago
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Biography

Fashion designer Jermikko Shoshanna Taliaferro Johnson was born in Chicago, Illinois. Her father, Albert Johnson, was an entrepreneur and her mother, Teary Watson-Johnson, was a textile weaver. Jermicko Johnson combined the talents of both parents by starting her own fashion design business.

Johnson graduated from DuSable High School in Chicago in 1966 and went on to earn a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the School of the Art Institute in 1972. The previous year, she served as an apprentice to fashion designer Stanley Korshak, and after graduating she went to work for Eucos, Inc. in Evanston, Illinois. Fureal Ltd., in neighboring Skokie, hired Johnson in 1973. The following year, she also began teaching at Chicago State University. Traveling to Fort Worth, Texas in 1975, Johnson became a fashion designer and coordinator for Pier 1 Imports. Two years later, Johnson returned to Chicago, creating clothing for Revere Sportswear. In 1979, she began designing apparel for HJ, Inc. That same year, she founded Jermikko Shoshanna Johnson Originals. In 1987, Johnson created yet another design firm, JJ Hobeau, Inc. Her successful businesses continue to thrive today. Johnson won the State of Illinois Fashion Designer of the Year Award in 1997 and was honored as the Manufacturer of the Millennium in 1999.

Johnson started the adult education fashion design programs at Olive-Harvey College and Chicago State University. She served as a faculty adviser at the Academy of Fashion and Merchandising in 1981 and at the Ray Vogue School of Fashion Design in 1982. Johnson not only taught adults for many years, but also worked with children through the Chicago Public School program "Each One, Reach One, Teach One." Her civic activities include involvement with the Girl Scouts of America, the Apparel Industry Board, the Chicago Fashion Guild, the Chicago Fashion Exchange and the League of Black Women.

Jermikko Shoshanna Johnson was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on July 26, 2002.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Jermikko Johnson's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Jermikko Johnson lists her favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Jermikko Johnson lists her parents' names
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Jermikko Johnson describes her parents' background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Jermikko Johnson remembers growing up on a plantation in Louisiana
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Jermikko Johnson recalls being the victim of violence at eight years old
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Jermikko Johnson shares memories from her childhood
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Jermikko Johnson describes how her Aunt Hattie influenced her interest in fashion
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Jermikko Johnson talks about her life in Chicago, Illinois in 1956
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Jermikko Johnson talks about the color caste system in her family
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Jermikko Johnson describes meeting her father for the first time
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Jermikko Johnson talks about her father
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Jermikko Johnson talks about not fitting in as a child
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Jermikko Johnson discusses skin color and identity
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Jermikko Johnson reflects upon her strength and survival
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Jermikko Johnson remembers being physically abused by her brother-in-law
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Jermikko Johnson recalls her career aspirations as a youth
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Jermikko Johnson talks about having tuberculosis as a child
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Jermikko Johnson remembers receiving career guidance at DuSable High School
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Jermikko Johnson talks about working at the Bell Phone Company in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Jermikko Johnson describes meeting Nena Ivon at Saks Fifth Avenue in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Jermikko Johnson talks about paying tuition to attend the Art Institute of Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Jermikko Johnson talks about her mentor, Stanley Korshak
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Jermikko Johnson talks about her first jobs and meeting Merri Dee
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Jermikko Johnson remembers converting to Judaism
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Jermikko Johnson shares her experiences at the Art Institute of Chicago
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Jermikko Johnson talks about her job at Leather Head in Evanston, Illinois
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Jermikko Johnson talks about designing a dress for Terry Murphy
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Jermikko Johnson describes getting her first clothing order from a store
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Jermikko Johnson remembers purchasing the fabric for her first store order
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Jermikko Johnson describes taking orders for her designs from various stores
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Jermikko Johnson talks about hiring her first employee
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Jermikko Johnson talks about how racism shaped and impacted her fashion career
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Jermikko Johnson describes navigating racial discrimination in the fashion industry
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Jermikko Johnson talks about encountering racism when purchasing fabric
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Jermikko Johnson talks about disguising her role as company president
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Jermikko Johnson talks about being featured on the cover of Women's Wear Daily
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Jermikko Johnson describes a customer's reaction to finding out that she is black
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Jermikko Johnson talks about often being the only African American in business and social situations
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Jermikko Johnson talks about the lack of African American buyers in the fashion industry
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Jermikko Johnson describes winning Designer of the Year in 1997
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Jermikko Johnson talks about her relationship with her mother later in life
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Jermikko Johnson describes her hopes and concerns for the black community
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Jermikko Johnson explains the origin of the name of her product line JJ Hobeaux
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Jermikko Johnson talks about meeting Eleanor Morris
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Jermikko Johnson shares stories about Eleanor Morris
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Jermikko Johnson reflects upon her legacy
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Jermikko Johnson describes her work in television and theater
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Jermikko Johnson talks about inventing a bird cage cover
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Jermikko Johnson describes her interest in birdcages and interior design
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Jermikko Johnson narrates her photographs
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Jermikko Johnson narrates her photographs