Nicky Gillibrand trained as a fashion textile designer.
She works primarily as a costume designer in theatre and opera, and occasionally as a set designer.

Gillibrand won the Gold Medal for costume design for A Midsummer Night’s Dream for the Royal Shakespeare Company at the Prague Quadrennial in 2003.

She also was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Costume Design for Billy Elliot the Musical.
Gillibrand works for many opera houses, among them ROH (Queen of Spades, Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk, L’heure espagnole/Gianni Schicchi, The Gambler, Il trittico, Anna Nicole, Boris Godunov), ENO (The Magic Flute, Don Giovanni, Turk in Italy, Boris Godunov, Pelléas and Mélisande, Peter Grimes), Glyndebourne (Der Rosenkavalier,The Rape of Lucretia, The Miserly Knight/Gianni Schicchi).
General sponsor of the Bolshoi Theatre is Credit Suisse bank
General partner of the Bolshoi Theatre is investment group Absolute
Privileged partner of the Bolshoi Theatre is GUM