The New York Fashion Week, one of the most prestigious fashion events of the year, became a celebration of diversity and inclusion earlier last month when designers backed by the No Nation Fashion initiative showcased their creations on the catwalk.
The three outfits presented by No Nation Fashion at the event were designed to reflect the journey of migrants - from the earliest nomad way of life to resilience and the ability to rebuild and adapt, and inclusion through social and cultural integration at their destinations.
Launched as a way for people in transit centres to improve their sewing skills in Bosnia and Herzegovina in 2021, No Nation Fashion has come a long way, according to UN News.
Those involved graduated from creating reusable masks, providing protection against Covid-19, to designing unique items of clothing, and accessories.
The sewing corners turned into fashion studios. By the end of the year, a No Nation Fashion show was held at Sarajevo City Hall to mark International Migrants Day.
No Nation Fashion was born from the vision that migration can bring new opportunities to both migrants and receiving communities, for creating more inclusive communities.
The beneficiaries of the initiative are migrants and members of the local and wider community, such as local fashion brands and designers, artists, craftspeople, the private sector, media, and volunteers.
This year, the initiative made it to the New York Fashion Week for a special event involving No Nation Fashion, the International Fashion Academy, and students from Ohio's Kent State University.
The No Nation Fashion collection was the product of the creative collaboration of migrants and the Bosnian fashion industry, under the creative direction of Aleksandra Lovrić, a renowned national designer.
"We are very excited that No Nation Fashion brand made it to New York - a city that is famous for art, fashion as well as cultural diversity," Laura Lungarotti, IOM chief of mission in Bosnia and Herzegovina, said. "This reminds us that migration and inclusion of diversity can produce beauty and opportunities for all."
Following its New York success, the initiative will continue to support migrants in Bosnia and Herzegovina, with talented individuals from different parts of the world sharing their knowledge, skills and culture to create wearable artworks, reports UN News.
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