About Natalie
About Natalie

Natalie B Coleman is a native of the Republic of Ireland. By 2007, she was studying at Central Saint Martins in London for her MA Fashion in Womenswear 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.

In that same year, Natalie published an Archive with renowned graphic designer and academic Paul Bailey. This 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.

The label has been developing a strong feminist rhetoric that now informs the collections. 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. This is an exciting role for the label bridging innovation and technology with fashion.

Other NATALIEBCOLEMAN collaborations include working with fellow St. Martins MA student Derek Lawlor on a knitwear collection for Autumn/Winter 2016 which showed at London and Paris Fashion Weeks.

In 2019 the label was delighted to officially partner with the United Nations Population Fund on a collaborative SISTERS collection. The title SISTERS was influenced by the powerful bonds that exist between women and girls in our contemporary global society and the partnership emphasised the importance of sisterhood in times of rapid and turbulent social change. The collection symbolised the collaborative power of sisterhood: the coming together of women to mobilise and build support systems – to fulfil the promise of rights and choices for all. This launched at London Fashion Week and then Paris.

In November 2019 Natalie was invited by the UNFPA to give a presentation on her design work at the United Nations Nairobi Summit. Natalie was also invited by supermodel and philanthropist Natalia Vodianova’s charity Elbi to speak on the Let’s Talk panel in Nairobi on how creativity and design can break through stigmas and taboos surrounding women’s health.

In 2020, Natalie released her latest ‘Sister / Mother / Goddess’ collection. This was a series of custom-made designs photographed at the Museum of Literature Ireland, bringing together a diverse group of Irish women to posture regally in elegant, silk taffeta and smocked tulle creations inscribed with delicate hand-embroidered or printed symbols and details.

Natalie has long channeled her feminism into her fashion designs. From collaborating with the United Nations Population Fund to educating people about period poverty and female genital mutilation in third world countries, to the empowerment found in honouring sisterhood and female friendship, her designs are joyous, detail-laden spectacles and labours of love with hundreds of hours spent bringing sketches to life.

Natalie has received industry accolades including Tatler Irish Designer, Woman of the Year 2019, Irish Fashion Designer of the Year 2019, and 2020 IDA, 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, Elle, Dutch Vogue, and Cosmos while fans of the label include Laura Whitmore, Angela Scanlon, Marina & The Diamonds, Suki Waterhouse, Lily Collins, Little Mix, Mary J Blige, Esperanza Spalding plus many others.

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.