Professor Helen Storey is a London based artist and designer. After graduating in Fashion in 1981, she worked with Valentino in Rome before returning to London and launching her own award-winning fashion label in 1983.
She wrote her autobiography called Fighting Fashion in 1996, published by Faber and Faber.
In 1997, Storey, together with her sister Kate, an embryologist, was awarded a Wellcome Trust ‘Sci/Art’ grant to develop ‘Primitive Streak’. This double award-winning project elucidates the first 1,000 hours of human life through textiles and dress. It still tours today and has been seen by 7 million people.
Following the success of Primitive Streak, the Helen Storey Foundation was launched by Helen and her long standing business partner Caroline Coates – and since 1999 it has produced 8 other major science/art collaborative projects, notably, Storey’s work (Wonderland and Catalytic Clothing) with Professor Tony Ryan OBE, of the University of Sheffield. Together they have delivered ground-breaking ideas and products utilising art, textiles, technology and fashion to engage the public with both co–creation and the scientific knowledge behind our everyday lives.
Helen continues to be a passionate advocate for collaborative projects with scientists and others. She is Professor of Fashion and Science at The Centre for Sustainable Fashion, London College of Fashion, University of the Arts London. Helen was awarded an MBE for ‘Services to Arts’ in 2010 and made a Royal Designer For Industry in 2014.