Naomi Bailey-Cooper is a fashion textiles designer, artist and researcher exploring the values that could shape ethical and long-lasting fashion. Her work places an emphasis on the sensory tactility, layering and aesthetic richness of materials. Recently her focus has been developing fashion and textile artefacts, delivering talks and facilitating workshops which examine approaches that can be applied to create alternatives to animal materials.
Naomi received a funding award from the Victoria & Albert Museum and London College of Fashion for her PhD by practice where she pioneered embellishment alternatives to fur and exotic animal materials. These novel embellishment prototypes manipulated unconventional natural materials as an alternative to some of the appeals of fur and exotic animal materials. During this period of research Naomi exhibited her practice internationally in The Presence of Boundless Potentiality Onca Gallery UK (2018), Fashioned from Nature Victoria & Albert Museum UK and the Natural History Museum of Denmark (2018-present), Design Research for Change London Design Festival UK (2019), and Transfashional Museo Della Città Rimini Italy (2019-present).
Naomi received an Art For The Environment award in 2017 for her residency with Labverde in the Amazon Rainforest, exploring alternative ways of recording exotic and newly discovered animal life in the forest through textiles. Recently, she completed a residency with the Big Do Making Lab, University of Borås, developing a circular system of renewing classic items of clothing using a range of subtle textile techniques for the United Nations’ 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (2019). The outputs of this project are currently on tour throughout Sweden and have been acquired for the permanent collection of The Textile Museum of Sweden, Borås. Her work is regularly featured in various publications and through invited talks at conferences, universities and businesses. Previously graduating from BA Fashion Womenswear, Central Saint Martins in 2012, Naomi presented a collection featuring biodegradable embellishment, sponsored by Swarovski Elements, shortlisted for the Re-act Sustainable Fashion Award and later published in ‘A Practical Guide to Sustainable Fashion’ by Alison Gwilt 2014.
PhD Fashion Textiles (submitted), London College of Fashion, UAL
BA Fashion Design Womenswear, Central Saint Martins, UAL
First Class Honours
University of the Arts London AER (Art for the Environment Residency) Award
Victoria & Albert Museum / London College of Fashion PhD Scholarship
Burberry / Royal College of Art Design Scholarship
Futures for Women Studentship
Climate-KIC Business Greenhouse Programme
Shortlisted for the Bio-art and Design Award
Shortlisted for the Re-act Sustainable Fashion Award
Swarovski Elements Sponsorship
Naomi was invited to deliver a talk to employees of Puma about design values and sustainability (2019). She previously worked as an in-house researcher on a unique supply chain and quality project exploring key fibre categories for Burberry (2014), and as a freelance researcher on anti-counterfeit solutions for Gucci with law firm Mishcon de Reya as one of the project partners (2012-2014).
Naomi developed sustainable fashion start-up initiatives with The Prince’s Trust (2015). Prior to this she received funding to work in a business greenhouse amongst a team of scientists and engineers to develop a compostable packaging material make from corn waste with Climate-KIC, part of the European Institute of Innovation & Technology (2013-2015).
While studying for her PhD Naomi worked as a projects assistant at the Innovation Insights Hub Research Centre, UAL (2016-2018). Much of this involved supporting projects based around Design Thinking, involving policy innovators, councils and academics. Naomi also previously worked with the Design Against Crime Research Centre, UAL, who were a project partner on a research project for Gucci (2012-2014).
Naomi was the one PhD student selected (and thereby representing London College of Fashion) to contribute to the Big Do Making Lab, established by the University of Borås and commissioned by the Swedish Government to address the United Nations’ 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (2019). During this residency she developed a circular system of renewing classic items of clothing using a range of subtle textile techniques. Prior to this she undertook a residency with Labverde in the Amazon rainforest, funded by the University of the Arts London AER (Art for the Environment Residency) Award, to explore alternative ways of recording exotic and newly discovered animal life in the forest using textile embellishment as a medium (2017).