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Call for Fashion Programs for Fashion Focus CHICago Fashion Week!

The 10 Year Anniversary of Fashion Focus CHICago will take place Sunday, October 4 through Monday, October 12 in locations throughout the City of Chicago with a focus on events in the form of runway, selling, and professional development during Fashion Week.

Preference will be given to events taking place in 4 featured neighborhoods: Bronzeville, Downtown/Loop, Uptown and Wicker Park/Bucktown. Submit now until Sunday, August 9, 5pm:


Are you a fashion business in Chicago? Tell us who and where you are in the Fashion Business Survey:

Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events' Fashion Focus CHICago program is conducting a brief survey to better understand the current industry and the "who" and "where" of fashion professionals currently working in Chicago. This information will also assist in planning for CHICago Fashion Week this fall. Thank you for your participation!


Call for S/S 2016 Lookbooks Fashion Focus CHICago Fashion Week

Fashion Focus Chicago is pleased to welcome The Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) to Chicago and invite Chicago’s fashion design professionals to participate in a Look Book Critique Program during Fashion Focus CHICago on October 7, 2015. Up to twenty (20) designers will be selected to present look books, samples, and business model to be reviewed by a panel of experts from CFDA (with special guests!) There is no fee to participate in this program. Finalists may be featured during future Fashion Focus Chicago programs!

To be eligible you must:
- Design Menswear, Womenswear, or Accessories
- Conduct primary business operations within the United States
- Be in business for a minimum of two years
- Produce seasonal collections

Submit your Fall 2015 look book as a Word or PDF document [with your business name as the file name] to until MIDNIGHT, August 25, 2015. Semi-finalists will be chosen and contacted with further instruction by August 28.


Fashion Focus Chicago 2015 Spring + Summer Fashion Guide

Find out what Spring & Summer Fashion events are taking place.

May 10, 12, 14; June 18; July 8-12; August 29 & 30



Fashion Focus Chicago

The City of Chicago’s Fashion Program is supported by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events and partners with the Mayor’s Fashion Council, other City agencies, and the fashion community to:

    • highlight the vibrancy and sustainability of the Chicago fashion industry and the business of fashion
    • provide resources and facilitate opportunities for fashion professionals through advocacy, education and industry data collection and distribution
    • strive to establish Chicago as a fashion destination and elevate the brand of fashion in Chicago
    • partner and advise sister City agencies and industry organizations to work together to overcome challenges
    • appoint, guide and direct the Mayor’s Fashion Council and its committees
    • develop and execute Fashion Focus Chicago program initiatives each year and assure that they are aligned with the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events Cultural Plan for the City of Chicago. These programs include Fashion Focus CHICago Fashion WeekChicago Fashion Industry Town HallAnnual Sidewalk Sale & Runway, and fashion education programming at events such as Creative Chicago Expo.


Fashion Town Hall: A Celebration of the Art + Industry of Fashion in Chicago

Fashion Town Hall

The 2014 Fashion Town Hall showcased the Chicago fashion industry and its supporting agencies.


Photo Gallery (Photo: Jack Perno; Model: Bria Condon of Factor Model Management; Factor Artists: Cammy Kelly and Galina; Designers: Eva Pazola and Shernett Swaby)

Photo Gallery

View photos from the 2014 Fashion Focus: Chicago’s Fashion Week.

Chicago Fashion Directory

Chicago Fashion Directory

Helpful list of fashion links.



Media (Lagi Nadeau pictured)


Fashion Focus Chicago media credential instructions.