January 26, 2021

Fendi enlists Lucian Freud’s ‘Big Sue’ to charm millennials

The artist’s muse was the surprising star of the Italian fashion house’s Milan menswear show thanks to her ‘mundane’ illustrations

An unlikely partnership was unveiled at Milan men’s fashion week as Sue Tilley – the “Big Sue” immortalised by Lucian Freud in his 1995 painting Benefits Supervisor Sleeping – joined forces with Fendi, one of the most elite and controversial Italian fashion houses.

Tilley, who recently embarked on a career in illustration, was the surprising star of Fendi’s spring/summer 2018 show where her sketches of tea cups, banana skins, bottle openers and bathroom taps became leather charms swinging from bags, and prints onT-shirts and fine silk shirts.

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