Fashion. Fiber.
Our programs combine design, management, historical and scientific perspectives

The Department of Fiber Science & Apparel Design (FSAD) offers a comprehensive education that covers the art, the physical sciences, the business and management, and the history and anthropology of fashion and fabrics. Students learn how to create and market apparel products that propose unique aesthetic, enhanced functionalities and comfort, connect with the digital world, help improve well-being of people in need, manufacture sustainable and functional textiles that can fight infectious diseases and understand the role fashion plays in our lives, among many other fascinating topics! 

Our Mission

Drawing on design, science and technology and cultural studies, the three-point mission of FSAD is to:


Inspire and prepare future leaders, innovators, and disruptors in the fields of fashion and fibrous materials.


Expand knowledge and create new understandings in areas of fashion and fibrous materials that address end-uses for future needs and make an impact on humanity as a whole.


Communicate and collaborate with global fashion and fiber-based industries, alumni, policy makers, and the public to facilitate innovation to improve economic, environmental, and human health and well-being.

Multidisciplinary and International

FSAD is a multidisciplinary program with expertise at the nexus of creative expression and scientific research resulting in real-world applications. FSAD is home to state-of-the-art apparel design studios, multiple research labs and the Cornell Fashion + Textile Collection. Faculty and students in FSAD also have access to the Digital Design and Fabrication Studio. Our extensive alumni network provides opportunities for industry visits, domestically and in India and China, as well as a for career explorations through internships and career speakers.

FSAD's diverse students and faculty come from across the nation and from around the world.  The cosmopolitan mixture of Cornell's talented students greatly enriches the campus and the lives of those who work and study here.  Please explore our website to learn more about us, and feel free to reach out with questions about our very distinctive department.