Fashion & Beauty

Fashion Friday: 5 Innovative TED Talks on Fashion

While TED 2014 is currently in session, we’ve been following the live tweets about the brilliant ideas worth spreading that are coming out of this year’s TED Talks. And so, in the spirit of TED, for this week’s Fashion Friday we’ve curated five innovative TED Talks that center on style and fashion: Isaac Mizrahi’s street inspirations; model Cameron Russell owns up to her own insecurities—bravely; Johanna Blakley offers a lesson on what we can all learn from the fashion industry; designer Jessi Arrington shares a beautiful meditation on conscious consumption; and designer Suzanne Lee tells us how we can grow our own sustainable clothes.


Fashion designer Isaac Mizrahi spins through a dizzying array of inspirations—from ’50s pinups to a fleeting glimpse of a woman on the street who makes him shout “Stop the cab!” Inside this rambling talk are real clues to living a happy, creative life.

Cameron Russell admits she won “a genetic lottery”: she’s tall, pretty, and an underwear model. But don’t judge her by her looks. In this fearless talk, she turns her wry gaze on the industry that had her looking highly seductive at barely 16 years old.

Copyright law’s grip on film, music, and software barely touches the fashion industry— and fashion benefits in both innovation and sales, says Johanna Blakley. In her talk, she discusses what all creative industries can learn from fashion’s free culture.

Designer Jessi Arrington packed nothing for TED but 7 pairs of undies, buying the rest of her clothes in thrift stores around L.A. Her talk is a meditation on conscious consumption—wrapped in a rainbow of color and creativity.

Designer Suzanne Lee shares her experiments in growing a kombucha-based material that can be used like fabric or vegetable leather to make clothing. The process is fascinating, the results are beautiful (though there’s still one minor drawback . . . ) and the potential is simply stunning.

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