Please reload


Please reload


Please reload

Open for Booking August 1st!

Welcome to the AIBI Fashion Lab!

Book a day in AIBI's new 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

Friday, October 9th, 2020

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

[AIFI sponsored] Costume x Fashion: Cross-training Roundtable

A round table exploring the similarities and challenges facing both the theater costume and fashion industries, with a goal of addressing job shortages and skilled labor needs.

As these two fields are very similar, is there a path forward that would be of mutual benefit? What could that look like, and what would need to be in place for it to be both sustainable and ethical in it’s treatment of the workers involved?

Free (Donations go towards speaker honorariums)

Tuesday, October 13 - Wednesday, October 14, 2020

6:30 PM

[Community Partner] RUNWAY LATINx

The 2020 RLx theme is “Grace within Chaos”. We believe that the fashion stories (vignettes) can bring some grace into the chaotic life that we are currently living in. Many people have contacted us during this very difficult period in our history. They have been negatively impacted and really wanted us to do something with RLX. Art, creativity and beauty feed the soul; therefore, our main intent is to inspire people to be more and do more.

Leading up to the virtual event, we will be sharing ingredients that will be used by the chefs and mixologists. During the presentations, the audience will be able to create their own experience of deliciousness from their home.

By Donation

Saturday, October 17, 2020

10:00 am - 12:00 pm

[Virtual] October Saturday Sew-cial

Getting the itch to be sew-cial??


Join us for our new [virtual] stitching get together. Bring your projects and share what you're working on. Let the AIBI team troubleshoot any questions you might have.


For Industry professionals, students and home enthusiasts alike, this working meet-and-greet is a great way to clear out any unfinished projects and up your skills!


Members: FREE Non-Members: $5

Tuesday, October 27, 2020

5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

[Virtual] October Sip & Sketch!

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


We'll provide the models and the liminal space to 'hang' in. You bring the sketchbooks, your curiosity, and drive to polish up your sketching skills. Oh, and your beverage of choice...


We'll start at 5:30 pm with a mini-lesson, and then have some timed sketching exercises. We'll close out by sharing our work (as we feel comfortable).


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


Have your drink, pencils and sketchbooks (colored pencils, markers, watercolors, etc are fine if you prefer) ready when you log on...

$5 AIBI Members, $10 Non-Members

Thursday, October 29, 2020

6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

REV UP CHICAGO 2020 has gone Virtual!

Join us for a new and innovative, Virtual event!

It will be a night to celebrate all things Chicago: from AIBI and the Chicago design community to the dreamers, the forward-thinkers, and the innovators! With a mask in one hand and a glass of champagne in the other, this is sure to be a night to remember.


Amidst the splendor, we’ll be honoring celebrated author, Sherrill Bodine, as well as showcasing the designer finalists for our annual Tuition Scholarship. But the fashion spotlight is our highlight for the evening. This year, instead of a runway, we will showcase an editorial video shoot to be premiered amidst the live entertainment offerings.


Make sure to RSVP to get all the details, as well as your Watch Party kit and Raffle tickets!

FREE Virtual Event (Raffle tickets and watch party kits are available)

Please reload


  • White Instagram Icon
  • w-facebook
  • YouTube
  • Twitter Clean