Parsons Paris Fabric Library

This semester we added a fabric library highlighting more than 1,000 samples organized by fiber breakdown and weaving systems. The swatches include cottons, naturals, manufactured, synthetics, wools, jerseys, satins, crepes, jacquards, leathers, laces, innovative weaves, and more. The goal of this project was to create a place where students and faculty can continue to gain a global understanding of textiles, and learn to identify physical properties in order to understand the full potential of textiles. The project was spearheaded by BFA Fashion Design faculty Brankica Zilovic (pictured above), who teaches Textiles Surface and Materials, and Fabric and Fibers.


The fabric library is located in the 3rd floor Resource Center. Students are welcome to view, touch, and feel the samples to see how they move, conducting “hands on” experiments.  



  • If you wish to remove the hanger from the bars, please put them back in the appropriate place.
  • Please handle all fabrics swatches with care.
  • Please do not remove swatches from the hanger.
  • It is forbidden to cut the swatches.
  • Fabric swatches CAN NOT be used outside the library.


The library organization system was designed and built by Ivan Twohig and Amaury Remusat, from our Academic Technology team. The shelves role in and out. Therefore, students wishing to view samples should schedule an appointment if not visiting during a class time.


If you have any questions regarding the fabric library, please email Brankica Zilovic at


If you’re you’re interested in learning more about fashion related books and what’s in our collection, check out this post about our [book] library and resources. For more material resources in Paris, check out MateriO.


Learn more about the BFA Fashion Design.


Photos by Yann-Yves O’Hayon-Crosby.