Professor Catherine Leslie Featured at Upcoming Cleveland Museum of Art Event

Professor Catherine Amoroso Leslie, Ph.D. will discuss the impact of fashion and fabric on the art of Édouard Vuillard in a virtual event hosted by the Cleveland Museum of Art (CMA) on Wed., July 21 at 6:00 p.m.

The virtual event, Fabric and Fashion: Pattern and Design in the Art of Édouard Vuillard, also features CMA chief curator Heather Lemonedes Brown and coincides with the museum's current exhibit, Private Lives: Home and Family in the Art of the Nabis, Paris, 1889–1900

During the event, Leslie, a fashion historian, and Brown will discuss how Édouard Vuillard's art was influenced by his dressmaker mother and sister, explore the styles of dress popular in late 19th century Paris, and consider how Vuillard's bold use of pattern reflected the fashions of the time.


To register for this free virtual event, visit the link below:

Register for Fabric and Fashion: Pattern and Design in the Art of Édouard Vuillard


About Catherine Amoroso Leslie, Ph.D.

Catherine Amoroso Leslie
Dr. Catherine Amoroso Leslie teaches, researches and writes on the fashion/textile business and education, both past and present.  In 2017, she was honored with the International Textile and Apparel Association’s Teaching Excellence Award.  This was proceeded by the Distinguished Achievement in Teaching Faculty Award from the College of the Arts and the Alumni Association’s Distinguished Teaching Award, the highest award for educators at Kent State University.  Dr. Leslie is a member of the Costume Society of America’s Scholars’ Roundtable and was awarded the Pearl Jubilee Award by the National NeedleArts Association.  She was profiled as a Fashion Scholar in the 2015 edition of The Fashion Industry and Its Careers (Granger).

Dr. Leslie has a B.A. from Denison University with a double major in Communications (Mass Media) and Political Science.  After working in New York City and taking fashion design classes at Parsons School of Design, she spent several years as a self-employed designer and dressmaker.  She received a Master’s degree in Apparel and Textiles with a minor in History from Colorado State University, where she worked in the Historic Costume and Textiles Collection and learned first-hand about the importance of objects in telling the story of history.  Her thesis, “Artifacts in the classroom: Impact on student learning” demonstrated the importance of costume and textile collections in fashion studies.  Catherine went on to receive her Ph.D. in Textiles and Clothing from The Ohio State University.  At OSU, she worked in the Collection and taught classes in the history of dress. Her dissertation, “Identity, consumption, and frequency of behavior among contemporary needleworkers”, explored issues of identity, practice, and purchasing behavior in the needlearts.

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Header Image Identification:

Woman in a Striped Dress (detail), 1895. Édouard Vuillard (French, 1868–1940). Oil on canvas; 65.7 x 58.7 cm. National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mellon, 1983.1.38. Courtesy National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC. © 2021 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris 

POSTED: Tuesday, July 13, 2021 - 4:44pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, July 13, 2021 - 4:53pm