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Thursday, June 10th -

Saturday, June 12th, 2021

Business of Fashion: Production Basics

Seminar Weekend

[Virtual Event]

Taking your line from a concept to a physical garment involves a lot of steps, and sometimes many hands. 

Get the insider's view on subjects like materials knowledge, quality control, and working with a pattern maker.



Sunday, June 13th, 2021

10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

[Virtual Event]

For Industry professionals, students and home enthusiasts alike, this working meet-and-greet is a great way to clear out any unfinished projects and network with local industry professionals.

Get to know your fellow designers, while working on your current projects... and maybe picking up new skill along the way!


Wednesday, June 16th, 2021

6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

[Virtual Event]

Ever wonder how these artisans look at materials and rethink them? What drives them to upcycle materials? How does Discard Disco relate to their usual work? What are their goals? Everything you want to know and more!


Donations over $5 earn a $5 WasteShed shopping credit!


All donations benefit The WasteShed and Conscious Costume programming.

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Tuesday, June 22nd, 2021

5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

[Virtual Event]

Designers... It's time to get virtual style!

Bring your sketch book, your curiosity, and drive to polish up your sketching skills. Oh, and your beverage of choice...

Aimed towards designers of all levels and students, this event will provide sketching exercises in an informal, small group study session.


Saturday, June 26th, 2021

FUNDrive Weigh-In

Clean out your closets to support AIFI programs - Conscious Costume & Artists Resource Mobilization!

We are at a pivotal moment of both programs and your gently used clothing and household textiles can help both us AND the planet. Textile collection will happen through out June, with the final weigh-in on June 26.


Friday, July 30th, 2021

12:00 PM - 5:00 PM

These 15-minute Studio Photography Mini-Sessions are aimed at Chicago-land Designers applying for the REV UP CHICAGO 2021 fashion event on Thursday, October 21, 2021.

  • You may select up to 2 images for retouching. (For additional image retouching contact us for pricing.)

  • Keep both images for your own promotional and social media efforts, and use them in your 2021 REV UP Chicago Designer Application.


Thursday, August 26, 2021

6:00 PM 

(Virtual Event)

Calling all Chicagoland emerging designers, fashion students, and high school hopefuls! 

AIFI is adding two more awards to our Student Scholarship competion. Finalists will be announced at the August 26th event, and Winners will be announced at REV UP CHICAGO on October 21st.

Applications are due Monday, August 2nd. Download the guidelines below.

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Thursday, October 21, 2021 

6:00 PM


This year marks AIBI/AIFI’s second virtual REV UP CHICAGO, a live broadcast featuring fashion vignettes showcasing emerging and established Chicago designers. A VIP viewing party will be held in person at Perillo Gold Coast during the broadcast.


Each designer will have the opportunity to showcase 4 outfits, choosing their own models, and collaborating with the production team to make sure their video features their unique voice.

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Book a day in AIBI's Fashion Lab!


Utilize the digital pattern making system, or one of the 14 industrial sewing machines. Or maybe you just need a space to do a fitting?

AIBI has the tools for you to produce your clothing line right here in Chicago!


$20 AIBI Members;

$30 Non-Members


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