4 TED Talks on Style, Style File Friday

I think that most of us know about TED talks, and have seen at least a handful of them shared on in Facebook and Pinterest newsfeeds. However, I don’t normally go out of my way to look for TED talks on a particular topic- they are quite interesting but are shorter than I usually prefer (5-15 minutes), and tend to only be tangentially related to the topic I am actually interested in. In spite of this, I have found myself falling down TED talk holes lately, largely in the area of style. These are my favourite style related TED talks, perfect to inform you on the logic behind fashion and style, the logistics of style, and the reaches and implications of the style industry. Because they are quite short, they are the perfect way to stay informed about your wardrobe and grab a lesson from a master!

4 Ted Talks on Style and Fashion

TED Talks have a very specific style, and while I don’t know that I would want to listen to only this genre, I do appreciate that TED Talks often pinpoint one specific aspect or part of a topic that you might never think about. That may even include something as small as a button, which has played a massive role in the development of clothing but is little thought of in our day to day lives (from the brilliant Isaac Mizrahi)!

Okay, the hoodie might not be the most integral piece of clothing ever invented, but I think that a lot of us love and appreciate them more than we let on. (No, they don’t fit my general style, but I just love being warm and comfortable when I take Agnes for walks at 5:30am…) I don’t necessarily think that the history of the hoodie needs to be someone’s dissertation but it can be a quick and entertaining listen!

This might be a more abstract TED Talks that I have watched myself, and I love everything that Isaac Mizrahi gets into here. One of my biggest pet peeves is people who dismiss style as unimportant and trivial- who made you deity and let you decide what topic is important? Style is just as important as anything else, as clothing binds us together and is a part of our identity (whether you want to admit it or not). All of this is to say that the art and creativity that goes into style and clothing is mind-boggling, and although it might not be apparent at first, it’s good to stop and take a moment to appreciate just what went into the designs that you are wearing!

This final TED Talk is one of the most sobering looks at the style industry that I’ve seen (outside of Deluxe)- how many people wouldn’t think twice about buying a knockoff Louis Vuitton handbag or a fake Gucci belt? The answer is countless people. What isn’t seen is exactly where the money that was paid for the fake item actually ended up, and what it can be funding. (Spoiler alert: it’s not a charity…) Before you browse replicas on eBay or wander through a back alley stall on a trip, think about what you are buying and where the money might be going towards!

What are your favourite TED Talks? 

Until tomorrow,
The Historian
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6 thoughts on “4 TED Talks on Style, Style File Friday

  1. tahenryauthoress June 22, 2018 / 9:10 am

    I immediately clicked on the alistair gray one, thanks for curating an interesting collection of TED talks.

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    • anhistorianabouttown June 22, 2018 / 9:45 pm

      That was the original style TED talk that got me hooked- it’s a dark side of fashion that I think a lot of us don’t think about!

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  2. lady sarah in london June 22, 2018 / 3:34 pm

    Will come back to download these when I have a bit more time… thank you so much for the recommendations!


    • anhistorianabouttown June 22, 2018 / 9:45 pm

      I’m so glad you enjoy them!! Also, I will be heading back to the UK for a trip in Feb, and may have some shopping questions for you!


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