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Interview with Naomi Bailey-Cooper on championing fashion that does no harm

Updated: Dec 2020

Stakeholders

  • Researchers or innovators
  • Textile and fashion designers
  • Textile education professionals
  • Textile industry sustainability professionals

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Naomi Bailey-Cooper, a fashion designer, has been on a mission to create non-synthetic alternatives to animal-based materials for the fashion industry. In this interview with Zerrin, she talks about her experiments with embellishment and exploring decorative alternatives to fur, feathers and reptile skins. 

Bailey-Cooper talks about the opportunity to develop alternatives through fabric manipulation. She explains how she developed her own embellishment techniques: ‘Adapted wig-making with embroidery’ and ‘threading rubber.’ She uses wild rubber, glass yarn, Tencel and ahimsa silk to create samples.

She expresses how her research came to light at the time when several high luxury brands announced a ban on the use of exotic skins. With a background inembellishment, Bailey-Cooper also explains that her work includes fashion circularity where she studies how classic wardrobe staples can have an extended life and be renewed using a range of subtle chemical and craft-based textile techniques.

Read more: Interview with Naomi Bailey-Cooper on championing fashion that does no harm

Topics

Re-thinking textile design production use and disposal

Using high quality hardware and processes for product longevity

Choosing sustainable textile fibers for garment design and production

Using embellishment techniques to create high-fashion apparel

Piloting circular business models in fashion value chain

Creating non-synthetic alternatives to animal-based materials

Geography

| United Kingdom

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