Photograph: Durva Simone Bose


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 examining 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 (2018-2019), Design Research for Change London Design Festival UK (2019), and Transfashional Museo Della Città Rimini Italy (2019-2020).

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.


2015-2019                                  PhD Fashion Textiles, London College of Fashion, UAL

2008-2012                                 BA Fashion Design Womenswear, Central Saint Martins, UAL, First Class Honours

2017                                              University of the Arts London AER (Art for the Environment Residency) Award

2015                                              Victoria & Albert Museum / London College of Fashion PhD Scholarship

2013                                              Burberry / Royal College of Art Design Scholarship
                                                         Futures for Women Studentship
                                                         Climate-KIC Business Greenhouse Programme

2012                                              Shortlisted for the Bio-art and Design Award
                                                         Shortlisted for the Re-act Sustainable Fashion Award
                                                         Swarovski Elements Sponsorship

Industry work
2019                                             Speaker, Puma Sustainability Series: Naomi Bailey-Cooper, Puma HQ

2014                                             Research Employee, Burberry

2012-2014                                 Freelance Researcher, Gucci + The Design Against Crime Research Centre UAL + Mishcon de Reya

2019                                              Design Resident, Big Do Making Lab, Swedish School of Textiles, University of Borås

2017                                              Design Resident, Labverde (Amazon Rainforest Brazil)