It’s not quite rags to riches, but No Nation Fashion has come a long way since starting operations in Bosnia and Herzegovina in 2021, when it was launched as a way for those in the middle shipping centers improve their sewing skills.
Participants have graduated from creating reusable masks that provide protection against COVID-19, to designing unique items of clothing and accessories. Sewing corners have become fashion studios, and at the end of the year, a Fashion No Nation show is held at Sarajevo City Hall, to mark International Day of Migration.
The project’s beneficiaries are migrants and members of the local and wider community, such as: local fashion brands and designers, artists, craftsmen, private sector individuals, media and volunteers.
This year, the initiative was included in one of the most prestigious fashion events of the year, New York Fashion Week, for a special event related to No Nation Fashion, the National Fashion Academy. economics and students from Ohio’s Kent State University.
The No Nation Fashion collection is the product of a creative collaboration between migrants and the Bosnian fashion industry, under the creative direction of Aleksandra Lovrić, a renowned national designer.
Three outfits were introduced at the event, designed to reflect the journey of migrants, from the earliest nomadic lifestyles; resilience and the ability to rebuild and adapt; and inclusion, through cultural and social integration in their destinations.
Laura Lungarotti said: “We are delighted that the No Nation Fashion brand has reached New York – a city known for its art, fashion and cultural diversity. IOM Head of Delegation to Bosnia and Herzegovina. “This reminds us that migration and inclusion of diversity can create beauty and opportunity for all.”
No Nation Fashion’s mission is to build a brand and a social enterprise that promotes the integration of migrants into host communities, while actively participating in making society resilient. , more inclusive and sustainable.
Following the success in New York, the initiatives will continue to support migrants in Bosnia and Herzegovina, with talented individuals from different regions of the world sharing knowledge, skills, and expertise. and their culture to create wearable works of art.