Natalie B Coleman is a native of Co. Monaghan, Ireland. In 2006 Natalie graduated from BA (Hons) Fashion & Design, Limerick School of Art & Design, by 2007 she was studying on the MA Fashion in Womenswear at Central Saint Martins under the tutelage of the late Louise Wilson.
In 2011, Natalie set up a studio and launched her eponymous label. Her collections play on feminine silhouettes with humorous and sometimes subversive illustrative prints and motifs.
Natalie’s work pivots between tradition and innovation. The use of indigenous tweeds from family weavers Molloy & Sons in Donegal are frequently used in the collections. She has developed a modern Irishness in her work. This narrative is coupled with opulent fabrics, appliques, whimsical hand beaded and hand painted surface decoration.
In 2013 Natalie became the first Irish designer ambassador to Microsoft Ireland. This is an exciting role for the label bridging innovation and technology with fashion. The Surface pro4 device is used in her studio practice to sketch and photograph visual concepts for the collection while also operating as a social media tool to connect with her followers and clients.
Other NATALIEBCOLEMAN collaborations include working with fellow St. Martins MA student Derek Lawlor on a knitwear collection for Autumn/Winter 2016. In 2011 Natalie published An Archive with renowned graphic designer Paul Bailey. The book was specially commended at the Best British Book Design and Production Awards and was bought by London College Of Fashion as part of their permanent library.
For her Spring/Summer 2016 collection Natalie channelled her inner Girl Gang manifesto! These slogan emblazoned T-shirts and sweaters Support your local girl gang are now part of an ongoing collaboration with ‘Because I am a Girl campaign’ in association with www.planinternational.ie. NATALIEBCOLEMAN donates €5 for any piece sold to the foundation. Other projects include a nail polish range with Sally Hansen Cosmetics.
Over the past five years Natalie has received industry accolades including The Image Magazine Women in Business Creative Category 2013, Golden Egg Innovation Award for Designer of The Year 2012, Kerry Fashion Awards Irish Designer of The Year 2012 and Winner of Future Makers Award 2012.
Natalie’s collections have gained her recognition from both Irish and international fashion press and buyers. Her collections have been featured in magazines such as Harper’s Bazaar, Self, Grazia, Marie Claire, Dutch Vogue and Cosmos while fans of the label include Laura Whitmore, Angela Scanlon, Marina & The Diamonds, Suki Waterhouse, Lily Collins, Little Mix and Mary J Blige.
Natalie presents her collections at London and Paris Fashion Weeks. In addition to owning and running a successful label Natalie is also a fashion lecturer at the National College of Art & Design, Dublin. Natalie lives in Dublin with her husband John Paul and their baby daughter Eden.