TED Talks are a captivating way to gain insight into a variety of issues regarding public policy, human rights, technology, philanthropy, and more. While TED Talks aren’t typically known for featuring fashion-focused content, speakers have taken the stage to discuss a variety of issues that affect the industry including conscious fashion consumption and feminism. If you’re looking for a way to stay inspired on your career pursuits, watch these TEDTalks to gain a different perspective on fashion as you know it.
1. “The Secret Sneaker Market”
In this bit, sneaker enthusiast Josh Luber explores the vast, and largely unregulated, world of rare and special-release street shoes. He discusses how this method of marketing, meant to appeal to the most dedicated “sneakerheads,” can extend past the footwear industry.
2. “From Stigma to Supermodel”
Photographer Rick Guidotti strives to debunk the negative perception of albino children in the fashion industry while empowering them through photography.
3. “Looks Aren’t Everything”
Cameron Russell unveils some of the more clandestine and ambiguous aspects of modeling. In this segment, she poses the question: instead of striving to follow her career path, why not strive to be her boss?
4. “Wearing Nothing New”
Designer Jessi Arrington uncovers the benefits of buying secondhand clothes instead of running straight to the storefronts for new digs.
5. “A Teen Just Trying to Figure it Out”
Style prodigy Tavi Gevinson talks about the many tiers of feminism and why it’s so important for young girls to have a place to “ask their own questions” and “find their own answers.” Based on this need, Gevinson created Rookie.
6. “Grow Your Own Clothes”
Suzanne Lee showcases how she uses the living organism used to make kombucha to create a completely organic, natural, and biodegradable fabric from bacterial cellulose.
7. “Fashion and Creativity”
Isaac Mizrahi discusses how to find inspiration, creativity, and passion from the sights, colors, and details that surround you every day.
8. “Lessons from Fashion’s Free Culture”
Media expert Johanna Blakely explains how more lenient copyright laws and an open approach to creativity add to the success of the fashion industry.
Whether you’re interested in minimizing your carbon footprint through fashion or building a kombucha-based clothing empire, there’s surely something to be learned from each of these monologues.
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