Naomi Bailey-Cooper is an experimental fashion textiles designer. Her current practice is focused on creating new forms of embellishment and 3D fabric manipulation as an alternative to fur and exotic animal materials. This work is largely hand-sewn and hand manipulated, incorporating ethical and sustainable practices. She is developing this work through a practice-based PhD at the University of the Arts London, funded by the Victoria & Albert Museum and London College of Fashion.
Her work has recently been on display at the Victoria & Albert Museum’s ‘Fashioned from Nature’ exhibition. Here, she exhibited a dress created from layers of ahimsa silk organza, with hand made embellishments created from spun glass and wild rubber, inspired by feather decoration. In 2017 she was awarded an Arts for the Environment award for a residency in the Amazon Rainforest Brazil, researching alternative ways to record new animal species through textiles which did not involve killing the animal. She has previously worked as a researcher for Burberry and Gucci, and prior to this studied BA Fashion Womenswear at Central Saint Martins, graduating in 2012 with a collection featuring lab-grown embellishment.