The College of Human Ecology at Cornell University established the Cornell Institute of Fashion and Fiber Innovation (CIFFI) in the Department of Fiber Science & Apparel Design (FSAD) to advance knowledge and foster collaborations between academia and industry in the areas of fashion design, marketing and culture, fiber science, technology, and materials testing. Particular focus is the areas of functional fibers, performance apparel, smart clothing, and sustainable fashion. A major goal is translation of innovative research into implementable technologies and products for the benefit of the fiber, textile, and fashion industries.

Contact CIFFI
Fran Kozen, Associate Director, 275 Human Ecology Building, 37 Forest Home Dr., Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853, 607-255-6204

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CIFFI Faculty Fellows

Cornell University faculty members who would like to contribute towards the mission of CIFFI are invited to join as Faculty Fellows. Faculty member from other institutions may also be apply.  If you are interested, e-mail us at

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