The Department of Fiber Science & Apparel Design (FSAD) provides an opportunity to study and research fibers, fabrics, apparel, and the apparel industry from design, management, historical, and scientific perspectives. The department faculty, in addition to other academic and nonacademic support staff, serve approximately 100 undergraduate and 25 graduate students. FSAD is housed in the Human Ecology Building, next to Beebe Lake, on Cornell's Ithaca Campus.
The department has an outstanding Fashion + Textile Collection with over 10,000 items, including apparel and accessories dating from the eighteenth century to the present as well as a substantial collection of ethnographic textiles and costume. In addition to being the source for multiple exhibits throughout the year, the collection is used extensively for teaching and research.
The Computer Aided Design studios in the Human Ecology Building on the Ithaca campus include industry standard computer stations for pattern making, grading, marker making, custom fitting of patterns, product development, and illustration.
The Apparel Design Studios are furnished with industrial equipment, including sewing machines, sergers, and a Sonobond machine. The studios occupy one side of the Terrace Level of the Human Ecology Building, overlooking Beebe Lake. Massive windows allow natural light to flood the studios. The studios are available to students 24/7 via card access, unless class is in session.
Fiber Science Laboratories in the Human Ecology Building on the Ithaca campus are equipped with state-of-the-art research equipment for fiber science and apparel technology, including spectroscopy, chromatography, microscopy, thermal analysis and mechanical analysis instruments, and a controlled temperature and humidity Conditioning Lab.
The Cornell Body Scan Research Group (BSRG) owns a Human Solutions Vitus XL full body scanner, a Human Solutions head scanner with higher resolution and smaller scan volume, and an Occipital 3D Structure sensor. The BSRG has access to anthropometric databases such as CAESAR, ANSUR II, and SizeUSA to analyze population body sizes and shapes for developing better-fitting products that are worn on a body. Software programs the BSRG uses to measure body scan avatars and develop virtual prototypes for static and dynamic product testing include Geomagic, Blender, MeshLab, Vidya, EFI Optitex 2D/3D PDS, CLO3D, FreeCad, and Adobe Creative Cloud.