Chicago fashion has been growing steadily over the past few years. With the creation of the Mayor's Fashion Council in April 2006, interest from the community has exploded and things are greatly improving for local designers. This year the events are sure to be even better than in years past.
A full listing of events can be found here at explorechicago.org.
There will be headlining shows sponsored by Macy's, CS Magazine and StyleChicago.com, as well as the returning student show, Dress Code. Designers will also have their own shows, some of those include Borris Powell, Kristin Hassan, Vert Couture, and Horatio Nieto.
There are even some FREE events, including some great Industry Education events! Some of these include special trunk shows by Chicago boutiques and designers, including Alice Berry, Elise Bergman, and le Dress.
FREE events during Fashion Focus Chicago can be found here at chicagofree.info.
For those interested in the Industry Education Day events, visit explorechicago.org for a list of all the events. Register early! These are free but will fill up fast!
Also during Fashion Focus Chicago, the Chicago Fabric and Trim Show will be at the Merchandise Mart (pedway) on October 21st and 22nd. For more details go to AIBI. This event is for industry professionals only, and registration is encouraged in advance. You will need a business license and/or EIN, and your business card. Contact the offices at AIBI for more information or questions.
All in all, a pretty exciting time in Chicago!