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 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 she 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).

She 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. In 2019, Naomi 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. The outputs of this project are currently on tour throughout Europe 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. In between her two periods of study she worked as a researcher for Gucci and Burberry, and within a start-up developing a compostable material.

 

EDUCATION

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

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


AWARDS & NOMINATIONS

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,
Puma HQ

2014                                             
Research Employee,
Burberry

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


RESIDENCIES

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

2017                                             
Design Resident,
Labverde (Amazon Rainforest Brazil)