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Leslie Simpson: School of Design Faculty

Leslie H. Simpson , Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Fashion Design | School of Design
Leslie Simpson
Office Hours
By appointment
Office Location
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Ph.D., Apparel, Merchandising & Design; Iowa State University

M.S.,Textile Marketing; Philadelphia University

B. A., International Management and French; Simmons College

Professional Experience

Product Manager, Absecon Mills, Inc. (1996 -1999)

Product Manager, Cranston Print Works, Inc. (1999 - 2001)

Senior Sourcing and Quality Assurance Manager, GMA Accessories, Inc. (2001 - 2008)



Dissertation Topic: Exploration of the Perpetuating Fast Fashion Consumption Cycle: Young Women's Experience in Pursuit of an Ideal Self Image.

Educating students to consider textile and apparel sustainability in their fashion design and fashion merchandising projects and careers is an emphasis in my teaching.

Creative activity includes travel for inspiration in textiles and fashion design; attending museum exhibitions and lectures specific to historic costume as well as trends in textiles and apparel.


2019 - Simpson, L. and Karpova, E. "I envision myself wearing it. This would be iconic: Young women's fast fashion consumption experiences in pursuit of an ideal self-image", Proceedings of the 75th International Textile and Apparel Association Annual Conference, October 25-29, Las Vegas, Nevada.

2019 - Simpson, L. and Karpova, E. "Understanding barriers to a sustainable fashion industry: everyday consumer practices when shopping, storing, and disposing fast fashion", Proceedings of the Regent's University London and International Textile and Apparel Association Joint Conference, July 30-August 1, London, United Kingdom.

2018 - Simpson L. and Karpova, E. "The anatomy of fashion fashion. Channels, incentives and influences", Proceedings of the 74th International Textile and Apparel Association Annual Conference, November 6-9, Cleveland, Ohio.

2016 - Simpson L., Jacobs, B., Nelson, S., and Karpova, E. "Where's the next China?: Comparative advantages of Bangladesh and Vietnam apparel industries", Proceedings of the 72nd International Textile and Apparel Association  Annual Conference, November 14-18, Vancouver, Canada.


Introduction to Textiles

History of Fashion

Fashion Design Internship

Writing for Fashion

Garment Construction Studio


Member, International Textile and Apparel Association

Member, Kappa Omnicron Nu Honor Society

Advisor, Fashion Design and Apparel (FAD) Club

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