We’re pleased to announce a collaborative project for Spring Summer 18. Sue Dray, the artist and course leader of London College of Fashion BA (Hons) Fashion Illustration, will be Fashion Scout’s first artist in residence.

Creating illustrations and paintings live from the catwalk during London Fashion Week, Dray will be pursuing art that reflects the reactive nature of showcasing collections on a catwalk. 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.

When asked about the experience of drawing from moving models, Dray explained-

 “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 work will be a direct response to each collection and she will be continuously drawing over their 42 plus shows and presentations. The illustrations will form a rotating body of work which will be displayed daily on easels around Freemasons’ Hall, so as to allow visitors to view Sue Dray’s personal response from the collections showcased throughout the day.

In this live arena Sue Dray will be an added element of performance, allowing guests a chance to witness the process of instantaneous artistry alongside the showcasing of the creative design collections. Her work is about responding to a moment as seen in motion, encapsulating an immediate impression that explores the essence required in understanding the figure and its relationship to the movement of fabric. The intimate performative value of experiencing a show is often lost in the digital age of social media, and as such, recognising interpretation through artistic forms is innovative.

Sue Dray will be positioned alongside the photographers in the pit, consistently drawing with the same speed as a camera shutter. For the fashion illustrator to survive they must compete with the photographer but it is in the encapsulation of the moment, and the haptic, that holds the magic and key to a successful image. 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.

To see which designers garments Dray will be drawing, see the schedule here.