The FSAD department maintains the Cornell Fashion + Textile Collection (CF+TC), which includes more than 10,000 items of apparel, accessories and flat textiles dating from the eighteenth century to present, including substantial collections of functional clothing, technical textiles, and ethnographic costume. The collection is used for exhibition, research and teaching. A gallery displaying selections from the CF+TC is located on the Terrace Level of the Human Ecology Building, and is free and open to the public during normal weekday business hours when the University is in session.  This video gives an overview of the collection.

You are invited to search our online catalogue database (please select "guest account"), which is still being expanded and updated. Not only the online catalogue, but the collection itself is open to serious researchers by appointment. "Follow" us on Facebook and Instagram to keep up-to-date with our current exhibits, events and activities. If you have any questions about the collection, please contact our director, Dr. Denise N. Green.

WOMEN EMPOWERED: Fashions from the Frontline, featured items worn by prominent activists, politicians, artists, athletes, academics, and everyday unsung heroes. As part of the 2018 Cornell Council for the Arts Biennial, the Cornell Costume and Textile Collection launched this groundbreaking showcase that chronicles how women strategically use fashion for empowerment and collective upliftment.

lace dress
lace dress on mannequin
dressing a mannequin
preparing a hat for display
placing hat on mannequin
fitting uniform on mannequin
uniform button
buttoning lace dress
white shoes
fitting a green dress
fitting a jean jacket
the exhibit

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