Catherine Schuller is a former model, actress, comedian and performer who is now an icon in plus size fashion events and productions in New York City. Her career in fashion spans 4 decades, and she has been a pioneer in plus-size fashion every step of the way. As CEO and Executive Director of Catherine Schuller Enterprises, LLC, she creates and curates events that celebrate diversity in fashion, including "Runway the Real Way," working to ensure that all sizes, shapes, ages, genders, heights, ethnicities, persuasions, nationalities are represented in modern contemporary fashion. Catherine is the Founder, Producer and Curator for "Runway the Real Way." In addition to being an entrepreneur, she is also an instructor at the Fashion Institute of Technology, teaching one of the only courses solely focused on plus-size fashion.
From Adversity to Diversity...
Originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Catherine Schuller moved to New York City in the 70s. After nearly a decade struggling to break into the acting, comedy, modeling and fashion scene, she was signed with the Ford Modeling Agency in the 80s and modeled with them for more than a decade. In 1993, she returned to school, and studied at the Parsons School of Design. After completing Parson's image consulting program, Catherine became one of the first full-figured model and plus-size model image consulting specialists in New York City. While transitioning from modeling to management and consulting, Vogue hired her to help launch MODE, the first plus-size fashion magazine, which led to the national retail tour "MODE on the Road." In 1996, Catherine's husband, Mark Gruenwald, former Marvel Comics Executive Editor, unexpectedly passed away. The fashion industry was also experience financial turbulence which culminated in the bubble burst of 2001, when Vogue abandoned their MODE project because of funding issues. Moving forward, after both personal and professional losses, Catherine began to explore opportunities to become an entrepreneur.
In one of her first independent projects, Catherine partnered with Darren Trentacosta to create the first plus-size multi brand fashion show in New York City called "Curve Style: Reshaping Fashion," which debuted at the Puck Building on March 2, 2002. Since 2002, Catherine has made multiple media appearances as a specialist in plus-size fashion, as well as served as a spokesperson for Charming Shoppes. Catherine now owns her own event and production company, Catherine Schuller Enterprises, LLC, and looks forward to turning adversity into diversity for young talent in the fashion industry.