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
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)