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Judges South Centre 2017

Sara Delaney

Sara Delaney is a UK fashion stylist turned blogger who is never knowingly caught without her trusty Nikon by her side. The Notes From a Stylist blog began way back in 2009 when she was living in New York. A fashion stylist by trade at Lobler & Delaney for more than a decade, Sara soon found styling the ladies of New York was getting in the way of really experiencing the city. It was time to learn new stuff and grab this adventure by the horns, so a series of fashion journalism classes later, her fashion and lifestyle blog was born. Sara has worked with some awesome brands along the way like The White Company, Designers Guild, Harrods, Barbour, John Lewis and Liberty London, but always happy to collaborate with new brands, which are, the right fit for the blog.

Sara was recently named in Fashion Monitor’s Top Influencers over 40 list.Quoted in The Times article: The Rise of the Midlife Instagrammers by Alex Gorton.





Kate Nightingale

Kate Nightingale is a consumer and fashion psychologist and the founder of Style Psychology Ltd. Style Psychology Ltd is a strategy and customer experience consultancy with a twist. It is a new view on consumer business stemming from an old view on the human. Our unique formula mixes decades of scientific wisdom on human behaviour, with our team’s unrivalled experience in consumer business and creative thinking unlike any other.Kate and her associates worked on varied projects with brands like Harvey Nichols, Next and intu Trafford Centre and had recently collaborated with architectural firm on leisure centre concept design. Kate is also a lecturer in consumer behaviour at London College of Fashion. She is often approached by press and has appeared on Sky News, BBC News and Chanel 4 News amongst others.






Samantha Ball

Samantha holds a degree in Fine Art (BA Hons), and Events and Conference Management (MA). Whilst at university, Samantha utilised her time by getting involved and working in the team for Oxford Fashion Week as a Curator and Assistant Director allowing her to work with upcoming fashion designers, models and organisers in this industry. Since finishing her studies, she now lives and works in Central London for the company Merlin Entertainments Plc as a Hospitality, River and Pier Team Leader for the London Eye. This role requires Samantha to manage her team and working together so that the department can provide to a global audience the "premium experience", which includes the champagne experiences that are very popular to local and international customers. Some of these customers often include wedding ceremonies, and celebrity guests.

Samantha is an independent artist when she is not at work. Art is always something that she took an interest in, including whilst at Kent College Pembury. She produces a lot of architectural drawings whilst comes from the influence of living in Kent, Oxford and London - all of which share the similarity of having some remarkable buildings and sites. Returning back to Kent College to judge the Fashion Designer competition is a fantastic opportunity for her to see how the school has developed since her time there, particularly the art and textiles departments, where she would often spend her time.


Rachel Rose

Since winning Young Fashion Designer 2016, Rachel has been studying BA Costume Design and Making at Nottingham Trent University. From making historical patterns to alterations, distressing, dyeing and pattern drafting, she has learnt many new skills at university and has had a lot of fun on all of the new make projects that she has undertaken.

Prior to participating in the competition, Rachel worked on several productions at the Oast Theatre, in Tonbridge, doing costume and set design, which she will be again be doing this summer. Rachel was lucky enough to be given the opportunity to costume design a production in the Shakespeare in Shoreditch festival in London’s Brick Lane. The festival investigates how the Bard’s famous plays can continue to inspire creativity today and aims to present unique performances in innovative spaces. The show Rachel worked on, THIS IS ART by Charlene James, was directed by Hannah Banister took place in a storage container. It took the integral parts of Othello and reinterpreted them for a new audience. This taught Rachel many skills about how to budget, work with a cast, hold fittings and create a cohesive look for a production and she is incredibly grateful for that taste of what the professional industry is like.


Molly Rance

Having a keen passion for sewing, Molly currently works at Ballards, a family business specialising in fine English soft furnishing . The company has a unrivalled reputation in producing some of the worlds finest soft furnishings and restoring antiques. A reputation only achieved with meticulous attention to detail and the use of the worlds finest fabrics and materials. Molly helps to design and create some of the finest home interiors such as curtains, cushions and swags&tails to provide exclusive interiors all over the United Kingdom and overseas.

Previous to this Molly came 3rd in Young Fashion Designers (A2 category) in 2014 and is returning as a judge this year.  

She has been interested in sewing from a young age and has worked in Just Dresses, selling and fitting communion and christening garments as well as Sue Hill Hand Knits, pattern cutting and finishing children's wear made and knitted by ladies around Britain. Molly has also created many garments for charity events such as the Royal British Legion and Oxfam.

In her spare time, Molly has just started her own small business creating memory bears from children's old clothes and school uniform, cushions and covers as well as alterations for special occasion wear and weddings.

Daisy Harkness

Daisy Harkness is a former Kent College student and the creator of fashion, art and design brand Denim and Bone.

Daisy has always been a creative person. Being raised in an artistic family, having a mother who is a ceramicist and artist meant Daisy was constantly creating from a young age. 

Since leaving Kent College, Daisy traveled for 4 years and was lucky enough to live and work in some of the most beautiful countries in the world. On her travels, Daisy took inspiration from the wonderful textiles and ideas she encountered along the way, returning with a huge collection.

Since being back in the UK Daisy realised how much she had missed creating. She started again by playing around with hand embroidery and using fabrics sourced from her travels to decorate jackets and clothing. At this point she also started toying with the idea of beading and decorating animal skulls for interior design. 

Initially Daisy created both jackets and skulls for herself, because she loved the ideas and knew she wouldn't be able to buy them from the high street. People showed interest in buying her work for themselves, so she began selling at markets and online, constantly trying to develop her work and build her brand until eventually she could buy her own embroidery machine.

Today she sells her jackets and skulls internationally through fashion retailers, through her website and this year at the Glastonbury Music Festival.


Sue Mee Maudsley

Fashion Designer – Personal Stylist & Trend consultant Having over 20 years in the fashion industry, starting as a fashion designer and consultant in London, Sue-Mee has designed and consulted for various clients such as Topshop, Warehouse, Burberry, M&S, and Monsoon. She has travelled all over the world, designing, range planning, sourcing trends, trade shows, and working with clothing manufacturers. It is with this knowledge and expertise Sue-Mee  can offer a Personal styling service, which encompasses Wardrobe De-tox, Colour and Style advice, and Personal shopping. Helping clients to detox their wardrobes, to find the best colours and shapes for their lifestyle, and to shop for the clothing that most suits them.  www.suemeemaudsley.co.uk




Laura Parker

Laura has been running Freckles and Fire for nearly 2 years now and has been fortunate to work with some amazing young people, tiny tots and older adults. Freckle and Fire is about teaching people various craft skills and helping them unlock their creative spirit. Yarn has recently become her 'thing' in rather a big way, Laura is loving some of the new vibrant colours and materials that are coming out and also some of the amazing work of some serious talented hand-dyers.






Sean Webster

Born on the island of Anguilla, Sean left to  study culinary art at the New England Culinary Arts Institute in America. Eventually, moving to London after accepting a chefs position. Through several connections, Sean became friends with, and was mentored by  one of the top 100 influential people in fashion and the CEO of Childrens Salon, Michele Harriman– Smith; where he now works alongside the  creative team. Sean is now a luxury footwear designer and a social media influencer. In April 2016, he started to document his lifestyle of fashion, food and travels through his personal blog– Sug– Sean. He has also collaborated with brands such as Topman, Diesel, Dolce & Gabbana and Harrods. 




Caro Spinette

French-born Caro is a freelance digital content creator, copywriter and designer, with a background in production and international trading, and an education in arts, performing arts, and literature. Passionate about research and production, one of her latest achievements involved developing and producing a range of critically adored neon lights, taking a business from high street retailer to international wholesaler.When she’s not busy helping her clients get their business off the ground, Caro dedicates her energy to experimenting new skills and developing personal ventures, taking part in the modernisation of the wine industry, planning her next travels, or making things happen as a committee member of Tunbridge Wells WI Wells Angels.




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