Social Fashion has chosen conflict resolution as the main specialization for its work and study. Given the great changes of the world system in terms of war, and the personal experience of the founder Nadia Shaulova, who has always dedicated her profession to social and fashion activities, with a particular attention to conflict transformation and peace building, the creative workshop will focus its work on an innovative response to the global contribution of the fashion industry to conflict resolution. Transforming profits of the fashion industry into objects of reflection for a creative and innovative approach to the processing service and conflict resolution and transformation, generating a positive impact on the construction of Peace.
Conflict is one of the most common and widespread human experiences, lived both internally and externally, which arises in the spiritual dimension and involves the body. In order to explain this connection, the ancient philosophical concept of habitus may be used, from which derive ‘habits’ and ‘clothing’. Habitus anthropologically represents a profound aspect of the personal identity, a spiritual memory of life, choices, and accomplishments manifested in habits and personal style. Similarly, the clothes we wear are a reflection of personality, ideas, and lifestyle.
They can be tended or tattered. Sometimes they protect us, and sometimes they leave us more naked and vulnerable.
Fashion works on clothing, suggests change, and demonstrates new possibilities with respect to usual styles, similarly to changes in human relations and the ways of thinking and reacting.
The anthropological dimension challenges fashion to conceive stimuli for moral depth that provoke in order to rethink bad relational habits and the categories of ‘enemy’ and ‘friend’.
The fashion dimension challenges anthropology to reevaluate not only the corporeality but beyond clothing, considering the latter an expression of spirituality.
Social Fashion aims at harmonizing the material and immaterial world by creating clothing that invites reflecting on the amplitude of habitus and tries to trigger a positive change in relations through clothing. Thus, clothing can become an instrument for transforming conflict into peace and harmony, restituting to man a human, social, and cultural improvement.
Re-dressing the culture of peace by changing the habit (habits) with the habitus (clothes). Last but not least, the conviction, that our habitus also depends on habitat change, in the sense of an environmental and cultural fallout: the close link between places and bodies, habits and dresses cannot avoid generating a virtuous reciprocity in the field of fashion, perhaps far too much neglected.
We work for a world in which humans can be in harmony with its own material and immaterial needs, consciously dressing their and “others” cultural thoughts; where the awareness of its own conflicts, and those of others, promote a system of peace among people.
Deconstructing social prejudice, distrust and discrimination that amplifies personal, interpersonal, and environmental conflicts through the introduction of values and knowledge in the process of fashion product development which, when worn, can humanly and spiritually improve one’s own knowledge, and that of others.