Drawing on design, science and technology, and cultural studies, the three-point mission of the Department of Fiber Science & Apparel Design (FSAD) is to:

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

Research - 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.

Engage - 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.

FSAD is a multidisciplinary program with expertise at the nexus of creative expression and scientific research resulting in real-world applications.

There are three options for a Bachelor of Science Degree:

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Alumni Spotlight: Malia Mills '90

For 25 years, Malia Mills ’90 has inspired women to “embrace, celebrate, and love thy differences.” Watch how she is driving change in the fashion industry and in New York City.

Student Spotlight: Amanda Zheng

Discusses her fashion design philosophy and her Cornell experience as a student in 2009. Her fashion runway work is featured as she discusses the positive influence of the department's faculty on her success.