Fiber Science & Apparel Design

Cornell Costume and Textile Collection

The Department of Fiber Science & Apparel Design (FSAD) maintains the Cornell Costume and Textile Collection, which includes more than 10,000 items of apparel dating from the eighteenth century to the present, as well as a substantial collection of ethnographic textiles and costume. The collection is used for teaching and research. A gallery displaying selections from the Collection is located on the Terrace Level of the Human Ecology Building, and is open during normal weekday business hours when the University is in session.

View highlights of the collection or search the online catalogue, which is gradually being expanded. The collection itself is open to serious researchers by appointment. Contact Denise Green with any questions about the collection.

Current Exhibit: 150 Years of Cornell Student Fashion
As part of Cornell's sesquicentennial celebrations, students in the Department of Fiber Science and Apparel Design have curated an exhibition chronicling changes in student fashion and campus life from 1865 – 2015. Social, political, and aesthetic aspects of dress are explored within the context of Cornell's unique history. On display are items from the Cornell Costume and Textile Collection, Cornell's Rare and Manuscripts Collection, and loans from Cornell alumni and the Ithaca community.    

Please also see the Cornell Costume and Textile Collection Blog and Facebook Page.