How Clothes Impact Your Life: Re-examining Fashion | Jennifer Millspaugh | TEDxTexasStateUniversity

How Clothes Impact Your Life: Re-examining Fashion | Jennifer Millspaugh | TEDxTexasStateUniversity

We all wear clothes, but does what we wear matter? In this sentimentally provocative and entertaining talk, Dr. Jennifer Millspaugh weaves together how fashion shapes our economy, environment and individual identities. As a researcher and entrepreneur in fashion, Millspaugh directly experiences our collective cultural relationship with the fashion industry. In this talk she shares personal stories, behind-the-scenes insight, and inspiration for the future of fashion. Jennifer Millspaugh is the co-founder and CEO of Aesthetic Ventures, a venture production studio for the fashion industry, which accelerates and builds innovative companies in fashion. In this role she applies her academic research to design innovative brands and business models for a new era of fashion. Jennifer completed her Ph.D. in fashion entrepreneurship at the University of the Arts London, London College of Fashion, where she explored the brand development and internationalization strategies of emerging fashion companies based in London and New York.

She is also the founder of the Austin Fashion Initiative, a social impact organization launched to enhance Austin’s fashion ecosystem. She serves on the Independent Fashion Advisory Board (IFAB), an international collective of professionals advancing business transformation for fashion, retail and creative technology. Millspaugh is also a visiting scholar at Texas State University. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at


  1. Lucía Mokte on January 2, 2022 at 4:01 pm

    "Fashion singnifies where we are from, our culture, our norms, our belonging to common ideals, while at the same time showcasing our individuallity, our diversity and our aspiraations; fashion is one component of our freedom, of individual identity, our capacity for creativity, and our path to self actualization." This is beautiful.

  2. Ediga Babu on January 2, 2022 at 4:02 pm

    A real impressive message to the society about fashion✌

  3. SuperQTPi on January 2, 2022 at 4:04 pm

    Oh God you can get a PhD in fashion???? And yes Jennifer Millspaugh’s outfit is not practical at all for an active person or any person in an office environment (your office chair would roll over that random piece of fabric hanging down there and snag on everything). Fashion is a horrible polluter, an incredible waste, and we don’t need a small group of people in the world telling other people what to wear. Talk to me about fashion when you make attractive, comfortable and practical garments out of recycled/discarded clothing that may even have been rags, that people love and want to wear, and is in the reason of everyone’s wallet. Then I will be impressed.

  4. Valentina Giusti on January 2, 2022 at 4:04 pm

    Good luck !

  5. love yourself on January 2, 2022 at 4:08 pm


  6. Essy Chilcutte on January 2, 2022 at 4:09 pm

    So basically you’re trying to ponder the same issues that Gandhi spoke very clearly on.

    He promoted people learning how to do their own Manufacturing the idea was to find self employment

    But more then that to find their pride in their own work and to learn the value of others such as those who make fine clothing.

  7. unigenius on January 2, 2022 at 4:10 pm

    Why is it all of these Ted Talkers are so dry with these speeches? Don’t add jokes to your speech if you’re not going to deliver it like you want to tell it. She got much better when she stopped trying to be funny and just let her passion speak.

  8. T on January 2, 2022 at 4:11 pm

    Cant take her seriously with that outfit LOL

  9. Rusty Shackleford on January 2, 2022 at 4:12 pm

    I really like her passionate talk and admire her dedication but that outfit.. It’s like she spent too much time and kept over-thinking her outfit with a mediocre closet to work with.

  10. Shawn on January 2, 2022 at 4:12 pm

    Jennifer if u r single plz message me

  11. Mihaela M. on January 2, 2022 at 4:13 pm

    We use fashion not only the consumption of it ,but also the creation of it to express who we are and the way we want to live. Fashion is not a static element, who we are is not a static element , these things change and evolve over time . Somethings will remain constant but other will move. In this way you can pin point the changes in your own life by the changes thro your closet. Things that have stuck with me over the years, things that I have let go ,and new things that brings me joy when I discovered them. The democratisation by fashion means that we now have the power to Express who we are and the way we want to live. The importance and diversity of expressing ourselves thro our clothes and what we wear will and only increase, because fashion is taking a new phase with our cultures, ideals while the same time showcasing our individuality, our diversity and our aspirations . Fashion is one component of our freedom ,of individual identity, our capacity, creativity, and our past.

  12. E A on January 2, 2022 at 4:13 pm

    I respect her talk and her passion but her outfit just makes it hard to really focus and take her seriously.

  13. Sarah G on January 2, 2022 at 4:14 pm

    For the first date with my husband I pulled out everything from my closet. Nothing was enough. In the end I was wearing my favourite jeans and my favourite top and I had decided, if that’s not enough, then he doesn’t fit in my life!!!

  14. Paula Slaters The Creative Intuitive on January 2, 2022 at 4:15 pm

    Great talk loved it💝

  15. Debbie Karen on January 2, 2022 at 4:15 pm

    We all adorn our bodies with something.

  16. E KL on January 2, 2022 at 4:23 pm

    It’s 2021. The good thing about this time is that we don’t make childish ‘wHaT arE tHeY WeaRiNg’ remarks. Each to their own. She stands out on the stage and definitely excudes something with wonderful bright colours. Get with the times people – slating individual fashion choices is not of this age.

  17. Mariya Thoppil on January 2, 2022 at 4:23 pm


  18. Daniela K on January 2, 2022 at 4:24 pm

    What is she wearing!? It must be very dark in her closet or she has "designed" herself this strange creation.

  19. Footsoljier on January 2, 2022 at 4:26 pm

    I just wear cheap stuff I think looks cool to me

  20. Denise Kami on January 2, 2022 at 4:27 pm

    I agree, but I believe that innovation in fashion, the real innovation is not to produce more clothes. I love fashion and even supporting a ‘sustainable brand’ is still not enough. The world doesn’t need more clothes, we have crossed that line a long time ago.

  21. TANU SINGH on January 2, 2022 at 4:27 pm

    She looks so good. I love her fashion sense

  22. John Smith on January 2, 2022 at 4:29 pm

    It must be exhausting doing a phd in fashion and having to look good all the time.

  23. Nina Koinz on January 2, 2022 at 4:30 pm

    I shop thrift shops. That said, I wear men’s cargo pants because they are sturdier, more comfortable, more utilitarian, And cheaper than women’s pants. The rest is just determined by: Weather, Work, And how sturdy it is. I won’t go broke buying clothes.

  24. Joe Parga on January 2, 2022 at 4:34 pm

    Loved her speech

  25. Kim Sherlock on January 2, 2022 at 4:35 pm

    Fashon music lyric
    Master David Bowie

  26. i A M, Mr Chazz on January 2, 2022 at 4:35 pm

    Simplicity is key.something she’s never heard of

  27. B Das on January 2, 2022 at 4:35 pm

    Fantastic ❤️❤️❤️👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼

  28. Bob Harris on January 2, 2022 at 4:35 pm

    Boring and what was she wearing?

  29. Wireless Wizard on January 2, 2022 at 4:36 pm

    Nearly half of these comments are criticizing her outfit, but I like it. I think it’s creative, because of the silhouette & the way it plays with color.

  30. Greg Dahlen on January 2, 2022 at 4:39 pm

    This is good but I think she should have made it clear that many people already take fashion seriously, probably more women than men.

  31. Camila Duarte on January 2, 2022 at 4:42 pm

    I like her and her speech, but why is she dressed as the Brazilian flag?

  32. courtmetrage on January 2, 2022 at 4:43 pm

    Beautiful outfit

  33. Jeffrey West on January 2, 2022 at 4:44 pm

    I’m a nudist. But I’m openly goth.

  34. Raquel Jardim on January 2, 2022 at 4:46 pm

    I don’t get what she’s pitching. She said she does not understand the concept of sustainability, and that vintage won’t solve our problems, so…. why is she creating a company? To make more clothes? To innovate, but why? and how?

  35. JaMa Sp on January 2, 2022 at 4:47 pm

    SO true and well put… loved this…

  36. Essy Chilcutte on January 2, 2022 at 4:47 pm

    Here is my issue with people. They do not know how to Buy things rhat last To protect or repair and almost no one realizes that clothing is recyclable.

  37. Phong Phong on January 2, 2022 at 4:51 pm

    She has great figure. She can wear whatever she feels like to. It’s very convenient to be fit so that you can wear new styles to please yourself and people around you.

  38. Simply Cha on January 2, 2022 at 4:52 pm

    People needs sustainable fashion not a fast fashion.

  39. Cool Girl 007 on January 2, 2022 at 4:52 pm

    Fashion Industry is making big money that probably your brother didn’t noticed 😅

  40. Marshall Wayne on January 2, 2022 at 4:54 pm

    I’m probably a person that most people would think wouldn’t care about fashion, but I enjoy it and I try hard to dress well, it helps with depression. I believe sashion is important.

  41. John Smith on January 2, 2022 at 4:57 pm

    Hemp is nmuch easier on the environment than cotton. Why isn’t there hemp on the market????

  42. Malek Ebadi on January 2, 2022 at 4:59 pm

    A cycle of obsessive entrepreneurs who ceaselessly produce, promote, and sell trends at the expense of nature, wildlife, human labor, and human dignity and by the beginning of the next "season", they stand in a safe corner and "intellectually" critisize their very own industry. This is the tragedy of the second most polluting industry in this world. Period.

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