Helen Storey
Helen Storey Co-founder
Catalytic Clothing

Professor Helen Storey is a London-based artist and designer. After graduation in fashion in 1981, she worked with Valentino and Lancetti in Rome. Returning to London, she worked with Bellville Sassoon before launching her own label in 1983. Helen won Most Innovative Designer Of The Year and was nominated for British Designer Of The Year by The British Fashion Council.

Since the mid-90s, Storey has been drawn towards the world of scientific research, resulting in awardwinning cross-disciplinary projects exploring biology, neuroscience and chemistry. The Helen Storey Foundation was formed in 1997 to promote creativity and innovation.

Catalytic Clothing is Helen’s latest award-winning project in collaboration with Professor Tony Ryan with whom she has worked since 2008. They have sought to deliver textile substrates (and therefore clothes) with a technology to purify air.

Helen holds Honorary Professorships at Heriot Watt University and King’s College London. She is a visiting Professor of Material Chemistry at Sheffield University and a Professor in Craft and Design at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design. She is a Professor of Fashion and Science at The Centre for Sustainable Fashion at The London College of Fashion. She received the MBE for services to the Arts in June 2009.