Eight TEDx talks that are always in fashion

The ethics of fashion

Designer Clara Vuletich works with fashion brands to make clothes more sustainable. At TEDxSydney, she asks: What do you know about the clothes in your wardrobe? About the clothes that you’re wearing right now?

The hijab + H&M

Changing The Face Of Fashion | Mariah Idrissi | TEDxTeen
In 2015, Mariah Idrissi modeled in an ad campaign for H&M, becoming the brand’s first Muslim model in hijab. At TEDxTeen, she talks about the reactions to that campaign, her work as an advocate, and how other brands are incorporating Muslim dress in mainstream fashion.

Fashion by numbers

The Wardrobe To Die For | Lucy Siegle | TEDxSalford
Journalist Lucy Siegle does what she calls “fashion by numbers.” At TEDxSalford, Siegle shares some shocking statistics about the fashion industry and its effects on the world.

Fashion and culture

Disobedient Dress: Fashion as Everyday Activism | Dr. Christine Shaw-Checinska | TEDxEastEnd
At TEDxEastEnd, researcher Dr. Christine Shaw-Checinska explores fashion as a cultural exchange — as an element of border crossings, movement and migration. She explores fashion acts as a means to form identify, rebel against stereotypes, and make a statement.

A Project Runway winner shares her secrets

Emotive fashion | Michelle Lesniak | TEDxOregonStateU
At TEDxOregonStateU, Michelle Lesniak, winner of Project Runway Season 11, shares how she conceives, designs and executes a fashion line — and the ideas behind that.

A model who’s saying no to “plus-size”

Plus-size? More Like My Size | Ashley Graham | TEDxBerkleeValencia
Ashley Graham was the first model considered “plus size” to appear in an ad in Sports Illustrated’s Swimsuit edition. At TEDxBerkleeValencia, Graham explains why she rejects that title and shares a message of positive body image, self-acceptance and female empowerment.

When style is controlled

Freedom of Fashion: Dress Codes and Sartorial Liberty | Nathaniel Adams | TEDxJerseyCity
Designer and writer Nathaniel Adams is obsessed with how people express themselves through clothing. At TEDxJerseyCity, he explores the idea of dress codes and how them stem from arguments over values, identity and equality. He asks: Can (and should) there be true sartorial liberty?

Can wearables be beautiful?

Designing for the Augmented Body: Fashion and Wearable Technology | Amanda Parkes | TEDxFultonStreet
Amanda Parkes is a fashion technologist. At TEDxFultonStreet, she explains what that is and shares examples of her work — wearable tech that is designed to be functional and beautiful.


  1. Mel

    I agree that beauty is not a template or a stereotype, but it is also relevant to reiterate that health is important. If you’re eating lots of fresh veg and a balanced diet and are still ‘overweight’, embrace your body. Love your body.

    But if you are eating an unhealthy diet, or not exercising, don’t just believe that you are beautiful as you are, understand that that beauty deserves respect. Treat your body kindly. Health is as, or more, important than beauty (depending on who you ask). Make informed dietary choices. Be active, where possible. Give yourself the best opportunities to be the healthy, beautiful, wonderful person you can be, for as long as you can be. With the best health you can attain. In all things.

  2. Sarah Harkin

    How do we get consumers to think about the ethical implications of cheap fashion? Surely we don’t believe that our right to a cheap T-shirt is worth more than another’s human rights?

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