How Fashion Helps Us Express What We Stand For

| TED Talk: The power of what we wear by Kaustav Dey. Encouragement to express yourself through style. We’re all born naked.

‘How fashion helps us express who we are and what we stand for’ is a TED talk by Kaustav Dey about the power of what we wear; examining how fashion gives us a nonverbal language of dissent and encourages us to embrace our authentic selves.

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Kaustav Dey, who leads marketing operations for Tommy Hilfiger and Calvin Klein in India, has always been fascinated by the role of fashion as a vehicle for protest, both in his own life and in the fashion industry. He believes that fashion has played a key role in counterculture history – and that now more than ever, we need to fight censorship and repression with fashion.

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No one thinks twice about a woman wearing blue jeans in New York City — but when Nobel laureate Malala Yousafzai wears them, it’s a political act. Around the globe, individuality can be a crime, and clothing can be a form of protest. This insightful and inspiring speech proves that fashion is more anything but frivolous.

"The time is now to stand up, to stand out. Where sameness is safeness, with something as simple as what we wear, we can draw every eye to ourselves to say that there are differences in this world, and there always will be. Get used to it. And this we can say without a single word. Fashion can give us a language for dissent. It can give us courage. Fashion can let us literally wear our courage on our sleeves. So wear it. Wear it like armor. Wear it because it matters. And wear it because you matter."

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