Academic journal article Human Ecology

Career MILESTONES: FSAD Faculty Are Honored by International Trade Association

Academic journal article Human Ecology

Career MILESTONES: FSAD Faculty Are Honored by International Trade Association

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Fifteen years ago, Susan Ashdown MA '89 received a gift from an alumna that would change the trajectory of her research: a donation to help purchase a 3-D scanner for Cornell.

Until then, Ashdown, the Helen G. Canoyer Professor of Fiber Science & Apparel Design (FSAD), had been using a tape measure, taking at least 45 minutes to get information about a person's size and shape. A 3-D scanner, however, could generate a measurable full image of the body within 12 seconds.

"Having a body scanner really made a difference," says Ashdown, adding that Cornell was the second university in the country to purchase one for apparel research. "We developed an international reputation, and it's grown from that one instrument."

Ashdown, an expert on using technology to create better sizing options in apparel, was honored for 25 years of work when she was named an International Textile and Apparel Association Fellow at the ITAA's annual conference in November. The honor is the highest award given by the ITAA, a professional and educational association for the textile, apparel, and merchandising disciplines in higher education.

At the same conference, Jooyoung Shin, an Assistant Professor of Fiber Science & Apparel Design at Cornell, received the 2016 ITAA Award for Innovative Design Scholarship for her work "Oneness," a dress that combines Eastern and Western cultural perspectives toward fashion.

"I was very proud because this was my first achievement after joining Fiber Science & Apparel Design," says Shin, who was participating in the ITAA competition for the first time. "I was thrilled to have my work recognized by peers from all over the world."

Shin, who began teaching at Cornell last year, has conducted research on fashion and the concept of beauty, contemporary fashion trends, and the study of different cultural perspectives on dress. …

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