FRONT ROW 2013 DESIGNER Sean Shoesmith and Kerry Blackford


The inspiration for their collection comes from the fearsome and powerful female monsters in Greek mythology. The idea was to create a collection that showed both elegance and power. Amazonian armor and the legend of Hippolyta’s belt inspired the design for the corsetry and jewellery, which were designed and made by Sean. The dresses are inspired by femme fatales and Grecian goddesses and are designed and made by Kerry.

During the third year at College, Sean Shoesmith re-discovered his love for fashion and design so he taught himself how to sew and pattern cut with the assistance of some very good friends, one of which was Kerry. He found a love for designing and making lingerie and burlesque costumes. Since then he has made corsets, costumes and jewellery for performers, started a Facebook page called ‘Made in Sussex’ for young designers, photographers, stylists and models as well as setting up his own design page ‘Burlessories'.

Kerry Blackford's passion for dressmaking began with a secondary school textile course developing her skills as a dressmaker and graduating from Brighton University, producing a portfolio of work ranging from fashion illustrations to a 6 piece garment collection. With the amazing support network of her family and friends Kerry has begun building her own dressmaking and alteration business “KezThreadz”. She has tried her hand at making costumes, home ware and furnishings and alterations.

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