Sue Dray, the artist and course leader of London College of Fashion BA (Hons) Fashion Illustration, has been Fashion Scout’s first artist in residence this season! Creating illustrations and paintings live from the catwalk, Dray pursued art that reflects the reactive nature of showcasing collections on a catwalk.

“THE CATWALK IS MY STUDIO, IT’S WHERE I COME ALIVE, THE TINGLE AND ANTICIPATION BEFORE A SHOW DRIVES AND FUELS MY WORK, CREATING AN EXPERIENTIAL EXPERIENCE UNHINDERED BY CONSCIENCE THOUGHT”.

Her quick fire response to the designer’s collections form a personal impression as seen through her eyes. Sue Dray’s unique approach heightens the profession of the fashion illustrator into a fashion artist. Fashion and art often have a complex relationship where designers find inspiration in sculpture, paintings and modern conceptual art, where fashion acts as a form of creative self-expression. Bringing together both disciplines under the iconic roof of Freemasons’ Hall is a foray into an interdisciplinary future.

"THANK YOU FASHION SCOUT LONDON FOR GIVING ME THIS OPPORTUNITY TO PAINT AND DRAW AND FIND MYSELF"

 

Words by Annabel Waterhouse-Biggins

Photography by Stefan Jakubowski

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