Sahar Millinery AW19 by Sue Dray is an Original Artwork. Live painted at the AW19 London Fashion Week Catwalk at Victoria House.
Sahar handmakes her hats in her Central London studio. She has made hats for Downton Abbey and has exhibited her millinery in the V&A.
Sue Dray has illustrated for over 40 years. At the beginning of her career, she worked for groundbreaking feminist publications Spare Rib and The Women’s Press. As well as many gay magazines: Gay Men’s Press, Gay Pied and Gay News. With all the work archived in The British Library.
Vivienne Westwood appointed Dray to illustrate the models backstage at her shows, where the artist was featured in the film Westwood: Punk, Icon, Activist released 23 March 2018. She has also drawn for Andrew Logan’s Alternative Miss World, using her signature style that combines strong lines with painterly textures. Whilst using bright and contrasting colour, focusing on the haptic of creating.
Sue’s current work is produced exclusively live from the Catwalk, which Sahar Millinery AW19 is a perfect example of. Computer giant, Apple, have sponsored her to showcase their iPad Pro and Pencil as she experiments with digital drawing.
London Fashion Week introduced Dray as their first artist in residence. Since 2018, she has had her easel set up at the end of the Fashion Scout catwalk, along side the press photographers.
Following on from this, The Villa Lena Arts Foundation in Tuscany, Italy selected Sue as their Artist in Residence and Creative Contributor. This gave her the opportunity to explore her work, taking the history and influences of the culture as inspiration. Sue now paints in oils, taking her art to the next level.
Sue’s teaching history is extensive, having taught in the UK, Paris, Australia and America. For the past 7 years she held Course Leader BA (Hons) Fashion Illustration at London College of Fashion and continues to contribute as a guest lecturer, nurturing the next generation of fashion artists.