Leslie Simpson Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Fashion Design | School of Design


  • 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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