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The Fashion Lab

The AIBI Fashion Lab is a shared resource space for Members and Non-Members alike.


It contains digital pattern making software, large cutting tables, 15 industrial sewing machines, and more!

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Business of Fashion Seminars

Geared towards students and emerging professionals, AIBI brings in guest experts to speak on topics from business essentials to the production process and how to get your product sold.

[Seminars are on pause while we find the current best format to fit Member needs.]



Regularly occurring events, like Saturday SEW-cial and the Breakfast Club, combine networking with informal workshops.

Check the Calendar for currently scheduled events.


Community Outreach

AIBI is excited to work with other area organizations to educate the next generation of fashion professionals, elevate local economy, and generate sustainable industry practices.

Email if you'd like to work with us!


Fabric Sale

AIBI hosts a twice a year fabric sale, taking in donations of Designer Seconds and other remnants. All proceeds go to supporting AIBI's educational scholarships and sustainability initiatives.​

Check the Calendar or our Social Media for updates on the next scheduled Fabric Sale.




Conscious Costume is a project of the Apparel Industry Foundation, Inc. that educates and empowers costume professionals by providing resources and community to galvanize a more ethical, inclusive, and circular world.


Find out more about our upcoming events, programming, and updates to the Fashion Lab with our News blog.




Through this innovative 12 week fashion design program, CRE8 Space provides meaningful opportunities and creative outlets to combat the heartbreaking issue of gun violence and death among young BIPOC individuals in Chicago.

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