Wholesale Fabric Show

The Apparel Industry Board Inc is sponsoring their Fabric and Trim show Wednesday, November 30th through Thursday, December 1st at at the Sauganash Ballroom, 14th Floor Holiday Inn Chicago Mart Plaza, 350 W. Mart Center Drive Chicago, Illinois 60654, Tel: (312) 836-1041.Textile representatives from California, Texas, New York and the Midwest will be there. This is your opportunity to select from hundreds of lines in one convenient location. Attendance is free. You can email them for more information or go to their website and select “events”.

The AIBI also announces their fall professional educational conference. The classes take place each Wednesday from 6:00 to 8:00 PM starting September 21st through November 9th. Unfortunately, their site doesn’t include many details of the conference but my brochure details:

-Chicago’s Red Hot Designers (free)
-The Basics of Starting a Business
-Running a Business
-Patterns from Start to Finish
-Costing Your Line
-Internet Sales
-Selling the Sizzle

Other than the first seminar which is free, seminars are $55 for members, $60 for non-members and the complete conference is $375 for members and $410 for non-members. For your convenience, I’ve uploaded scans of the brochure which includes a lot more information than what’s available on their website. You’ll need the conference agenda (703kb), the speakers page (691kb) the enrollment form (552kb) and the coversheet (466kb). In the interests of building networks between disparate small business support systems, please mention how you found out about the show. Thanks

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  1. AIBI wholesale fabric show

    I’d previously posted the information regarding the Apparel Industry Board (Chicago) Fall Wholesale Fabric Show but thought I’d re-post the information since the date is quickly approaching. The Apparel Industry Board Inc is sponsoring their Fabric and…

  2. victoria kathrein says:

    I have been watching Project Runway (don’t roll your eyes… you ahr eezer iin or you ahr oud.) What I can’t seem to guess, is do they drape everything they make or are there some basic patterns they are allowed to contstruct prior to every challenge? I am mostly curious about things like pants or jackets with a two-piece collar?

  3. Kathleen says:

    I don’t watch the show so I wouldn’t know but I don’t see why they have to drape. I don’t know why they wouldn’t just draft the patterns as they needed them. Accordingly, I don’t see why they’d need to draft them in advance. Or even how they could, not knowing what styles they’d need.

  4. Karen C. says:

    I’m also curious if they ever use a block for their particular model or always drape for each challenge. I’ve never seen anything resembling oak tag — only seen them cutting off muslins.

    Since Kathleen doesn’t watch the show, a little background might help. Most times the designers get 2 days to design, buy materials and have a finished “well constructed” garment go down the runway. I’m amazed at what they can do in that timeframe.

  5. J C Sprowls says:

    I’m sure the rules are posted somewhere on the net and can be validated.

    It appears to me, that muslin, dressforms and basic trimmings (i.e. plain threads, zips, snaps, etc) are provided. I’ve seen a couple lay out patterns on kraft paper. I’ve also heard people say “drape a pattern” several times during the 1st season.

    The contestants typically have 1/2 hr to sketch, 45 mins and $X to buy/source, and 8-10 hours of “studio time” on day 1. Then, they have 2hrs of fitting, altering and finishing on Day 2. Under those time constraints, I can only imagine that one must drape a la Helene Trigere – scissors in hand. If it were me, I’d drape directly on the model’s body – screw the dressform!

    I don’t recall any structured garments having been made, yet – no notch-collar or rolled collar. Oh… I take that back… one designer did make a structured bodice using hair canvas for the 1st season. He blamed his loss on his model’s discomfort. He didn’t have time to line the dress; and, thought his model was obligated to “suck it up” and “be professionial”.

    The avoidance of structured garments leads me to believe that draping is the preferred method in that workrom.

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