6 of the Best Fashion and Design TED Talks

Those people who develop the ability to continuously acquire new and better forms of knowledge that they can apply to their work and to their lives will be the movers and shakers in our society for the indefinite future. – Brian Tracy

TED Talks are perhaps among the best forms of free and easily accessible entertainment that you can gain a lot from. Its catchy slogan, “Ideas worth spreading” live up to its promise. Watching a TED Talk, regardless of topic, can be a source of insightful tales and perspectives. It can even be a source of inspired ideas, which can be quite useful if you hit a creative wall. With so many great talks and topics to choose from, here are some of the best ones on fashion and design worth watching.

Cameron Russell: Looks aren’t everything. Believe me, I’m a model.

This talk by Victoria’s Secret model Cameron Russell touches on stereotypes and using fashion as a platform or a tool for social good.

Isaac Mizrahi: Fashion, passion, and about a million other

Fashion designer Isaac Mizrahi shares stories and insights on how to maintain a creative and fulfilling life. He shares a myriad of inspirations from the simplest to the somewhat fantastical and outrageous.

Jessi Arrington: Wearing nothing new

In this TED Talk, designer Jessi Arrington explores the concept of conscious consumption. The message may resonate especially to those who may be thinking of living with less, scaling down their possessions, or want to be more conscious shoppers.

Jinsop Lee: Design for all 5 senses

Designer Jinsop Lee shares his ideas on designing for the senses – a multi-sensory approach to providing a design experience.

Johanna Blakley: Lessons from Fashion’s Free Culture

This talk takes a look into how styles are built and how fashion trends are created. It touches on topics like copyright protection and how other industries take a leaf off the fashion industry playbook.

Tavi Gevinson: A Teen Just Trying to Figure It Out

In this video, Tavi Gevinson gives an insightful talk about the popular online magazine Rookie which she created for and by teen girls.