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Sewing supplies on a cutting table with the Resource Library and AIBI logo in the background.

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!

Ambar Campos and Maribel Melanson hold up an example of a marker for Business of Fashion attendees while Xochil Herrera Scheer watches from the side.

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.

People working around the Fashion Lab cutting tables for a Saturday Sew-cial.

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!

People sitting in chairs watching a panel discussion at the Chicago Fair Trade Museum as part of our Global Connections event.
Kat Anderson cutting yellow fabric at our fabric sale.

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 Closet clothes storage.



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.

Ambar Campos participating as moderator for a panel discussion wearing a neon yellow dress.



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.

two black men working on a garment with the Cre8 Space logo in the top left corner.
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