Costume Technician Leslie A. Ford, B.F.A., is a Costume Shop staff member at CCRI.
Leslie is a CCRI Fine Arts (visual) alumni (1995) who went on to earn her Bachelor of Fine arts in Apparel Design from Rhode Island School of Design (1999). While at RISD she earned a design competition award from Fashion Group International, NY. The award was given at an event held at the Fashion Institute of Technology, and presented to her by designer and television personality, Isaac Mizrahi.
Since RISD she has worked for several apparel companies in positions ranging from pattern-maker/technical designer to lead designer. She has also worked as a designer for a home fashions company and designed product for major retailers such as Target, Sears, JC Penney & more. She was lead designer for an upscale Connecticut boutique in which she designed and managed the production of the boutique’s private label line. This included a line created from vintage kimonos that were transformed into dresses, jackets & skirts. She continues to do freelance design work, and also works as freelance visual display artist for a menswear retailer. At CCRI she has costumed the student one act plays: Here We Are and Sure Thing, and the student written, Only Mondays. For two consecutive years, she costumed Scrooge & Marley, A Christmas Carol, for The Black Box Theater in Cranston, RI. She brings over 35 years of sewing experience, 27 of them professional, to her position in the costume shop. She loves fashion, textiles & period costume, and enjoys assisting students of the Intro to Costuming class.