Born and raised in Chicago, Elise Fife has been creating, rock-n-rolling since she was a wee lass. The youngest of 6 children, music was constantly playing in the Fife Family home. "As a young girl, I began making clothing for my dolls then building a house in which they could reside along with all of the furniture!" Making an incredible and complete picture has always been a part of her life's desire. As her skills in clothing design grew, so developed her taste in fashion and music. It was only a matter of time until these two loves grew into one huge passion. Going to shows in the 1980s, she became aware that musicians wouldn't think about taking the stage without the proper attire…it was all about an incredible look.
Toiling away in vintage clothing stores while she trained under master clothing designer Peter Soronen, Fife soon realized that custom made clothing was her future. Many of those vintage pieces have such a history and were so beautifully made custom made clothing was her future. Soon after, she moved to NYC in 1998. There, she embarked upon an 11 year collaboration with Casey Spooner, of Fischerspooner and made countless costumes for stage and video. In between these projects, Fife collaborated with photographer David LaChappelle as well as top stylists such as Patti Wilson and editors at Vogue making custom pieces for editorial photo shoots. This caught the attention of David Bowie's stylist and soon after, her life long dream was fulfilled. With her brand, Lichen-NYC, Fife made 26 pieces for Bowie's "Reality" Tour.