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The Origins of a Dinner Suit

Prof Denis Noble, University of Oxford recounts the story of how his dinner suit was made. As a young student at University College London and from a humble background, his parents couldn’t afford to buy him a dinner suit, but as they were professional tailors, his father decided to make one for his studious son. Unfortunately his father died before he could finish the dinner suit, but his mother was able to finish, and to all intents and purposes it’s still the same dinner suit 60 years later. The message behind the story is that regardless of your origins, anyone can succeed and make something of themselves, so long as they work hard and make use of their natural talents.

This video was originally recorded for a student conference held in Daegu, South Korea, and received a rapturous response for its inspirational message.