After graduating from the Ecole du Louvre (the Louvre School, a French higher education institution dedicated to the study of archaeology, art history, anthropology and epigraphy), Catherine Örmen was hired in 1988 by Germain Viatte, Director of Museums at Marseilles, and Maryline Bellieud-Vigouroux to run the Marseilles Fashion Museum where she was the first curator. Given Carte Blanche, she was audacious enough to inaugurate the Museum in 1993 with the exhibition "Yves Saint Laurent: Exoticisms", the first one man show dedicated to the Couturier which retraced the multicultural influences at the heart of his inspiration. Being a curator was a very enriching experience for Catherine Örmen "because it involved putting different collections together and being able to present to the general public a very exciting programme". Her stay in Marseilles was decisive as it gave her the opportunity to join the Museum of Fashion, Textiles and Decorative Arts in Paris. She has always maintained her close connection with Marseilles and the Maison Méditerranéenne des métiers de la Mode (MMMM), which itself organises Fashion exhibitions, such as "Marseilles M la Mode" a play on words for Marseilles loves fashion, where she was the exhibition coordinator.
A complete woman, she examines Fashion from every angle and style. She uses this expertise in the MMMM training centre where each year she gives a course of lectures on "The History of Fashion" to the Masters 1 Degree students in Fashion and Textile Metiers at Aix-Marseilles University-AMU. Catherine Örmen considers this course as being essential for the students, and even uses a French textile metaphor to describe it, the word trame which has a number of meanings, one being framework, and another weft, the crosswise threads on a loom! "Over the 20 hours of lectures it retraces a framework which helps understand the chronology of fashion. The course is an introduction, and, I hope, a key to a better comprehension of the codes and references used in contemporary fashion. It forms a base which is indispensable for anyone wanting to be a creator and designer, as in general fashion re-invents more than it actually invents!"
A return to her roots which Catherine Örmen cultivates herself, with her book "All about Yves" which pays homage to the couturier with whom she started her career in Marseilles, and who laid the foundations for contemporary wardrobes
"All about Yves", by , published by Larousse.