Naomi Bailey-Cooper

Born in Oxford (1987), currently based in London.

Naomi Bailey-Cooper is an experimental fashion textiles designer who integrates academic research into her work. Using unconventional materials and processes, her practice is focused on creating new forms of embellishment and 3D fabric manipulation. Her textile work is largely hand-sewn and hand manipulated, incorporating ethical and sustainable practices where possible.  She has dedicated the last three years to research (through making) how embellishment can deliver an alternative to the decorative notion of fur and exotic animal materials.

She is currently a PhD Candidate at the London College of Fashion, University of the Arts London, researching;
“How can the design of embellishment deliver an alternative to the decorative notion of fur and exotic animal materials?”
Supported by a Victoria & Albert Museum / London College of Fashion partnered, Artscom PhD Award

 

Background / CV:

  • April 2018 – present Exhibiting work in the ‘Fashioned from Nature’ exhibition, Victoria & Albert Museum, London, UK
  • March 2018 Exhibited work as guest artist in ‘The Presence of Boundless Potentiality in the Thought World and the Society of Nature’, Onca Gallery, Brighton, UK
  • November 2017 Guest workshop leader on MA Fashion Futures, London College of Fashion
  • July 2017 Artist residency with Labverde in the Amazon Rainforest, Brazil. Supported by a University of the Arts London AER (Art for the Environment Residency) award
  • October 2016 Held a workshop for fashion industry professionals at the Clothworkers Centre, Victoria & Albert Museum
  • June 2016 Presented How can embellishment deliver an alternative to the decorative and seductive notion of exotic animal materials? paper at ‘Frills and Furbelows; Textile ornamentation and dress adornment in museums and historic houses’, CHORD Workshop, University of Wolverhampton
  • April 2016 – present Employed as a Projects Assistant at the Innovation Insights Hub, University of the Arts London
  • November 2015 Guest lecturer across MA Fashion programmes, London College of Fashion
  • October 2015 – present Full-time PhD candidate at the London College of Fashion. Supported by a Victoria & Albert Museum / London College of Fashion partnered, Artscom PhD Award
  • July – October 2015 Worked on own fashion start-up with the Prince’s Trust Enterprise programme
  • January – April 2015 Worked on group material start-up at Makerversity, Somerset House, supported by Climate KIC’s Business Greenhouse programme
  • August – December 2014 Employed at Burberry to continue an in-house confidential research project
  • July 2014 Royal College of Art Scholar Intern at Burberry
  • April 2014 Left combined MA & MSc course to focus on other professional projects
  • January 2014 Work published in ‘A Practical Guide to Sustainable Fashion’ by Alison Gwilt
  • November 2013  – April 2015 Awarded a place on Climate KIC’s Business Greenhouse programme for group material start-up
  • October 2013 Awarded a Futures for Women Studentship
  • October 2013 Awarded a Royal College of Art Burberry Design Scholarship
  • October 2013 Started a combined MA & MSc in Innovation Design Engineering at the Royal College of Art and Imperial College London
  • August – September 2013 Awarded a place on Climate KIC: The Journey summer school with EIT label programme
  • May 2013 – January 2014 Freelance Researcher on a continuing confidential research project for Gucci with Mishcon de Reya as project partner
  • November 2012 – April 2013 Employed as a Graduate Intern at the Design Against Crime Research Centre, Central Saint Martins, recruited to work on the Gucci & Mishcon de Reya confidential research project
  • September 2012 Shortlisted for the Re-Act Fashion Award
  • September 2012 Shortlisted for the Bio-art and Design Award
  • January 2012 Awarded a Swarovski Elements Sponsorship for Graduate Collection
  • August – October 2011 Commissioned to create bespoke outfits for singer VV Brown, used on the cover of her second album ‘Lollipops and Politics’ and supporting promotional material
  • September – June 2011 Interned with Taroni Spa, Diane Von Furstenberg and Yohji Yamamoto during the sandwich year of degree course
  • July 2010 Awarded a Central Saint Martins student place on ‘Innovating Sustainable Fashion’ summer school with Diploma, KEA Copenhagen School of Design and Technology
  • October 2008 – June 2012 Central Saint Martins BA (hons) Fashion Design Womenswear, graduated with First Class Honours