The Chicago Fashion Lyceum (CFL) is a community of fashion scholars, practitioners, and other engaged individuals convened to create spaces to advance the practices of thinking, making, and research in the field of fashion studies. The CFL is a place of sharing and learning for those who have studied formally and those who bring observations from places of knowing. Through international conferences, workshops, tours, lectures, reading groups, and critical response to fashion theory writings, our goal is to enable and develop broad, inclusive, enriching, and inspiring discussions.


The Chicago Fashion Lyceum envisions Chicago as a primary center for fashion research and theory in the United States.


The Chicago Fashion Lyceum believes that fashion is an essential component of the human condition. As such, we believe it demands purposeful interrogation and innovative examination.


The Chicago Fashion Lyceum is founded on the three pillars of:





The original Lyceum was a school founded by Aristotle in 335 BC just outside the city of Athens. The location was a temple to Apollo Lyceus (Apollo the wolf). At the Lyceum, Aristotle lectured for his students and the general public outside the constraints of more formal teaching spheres within the city. Just like the “wolves” of the Lyceum were engaged in philosophical discussion and debate outside the city limits of Athens, the members of the Chicago Fashion Lyceum embrace the potential of the periphery as a site for critical inquiry and creative experimentation in the field of fashion studies.