In the ever-evolving world of entertainment and fashion, one name stands out in the fast-paced nightlife scene: Sean Dickerson. As creative director MADE GroupSean has spent over a decade shaping trends and defining the social scenes of Hollywood and New York.
Originally from Baltimore, MD, Dickerson started nightlife at the age of 17 after moving to Los Angeles. His father, a playwright and journalist, moved his family there, and the young Dickerson found himself working the door of a distillery before trying to study acting and film at university.
“My first foray into nightlife came when I was 17, working the door of a bar after hours in Atwater Village, a small Los Angeles neighborhood located between Silver Lake and Los Feliz,” Dickerson recalls. We stayed open until 6 a.m., which attracted an eclectic crowd of late-night types. We’ve got everyone from A-list movie stars to biker gangs, bartenders and strippers. “It was a short period, but it was a crazy time.”
“I didn’t start hosting nightclubs until my mid/late twenties,” he elaborates. “I came from a world of mostly dive bars. There was nothing ostentatious about them, even though ostentatious people frequented them.” Sean is similarly infiltrating the fashion industry, but in a more flamboyant way, making his presence felt at this year’s New York Fashion Week (NYFW), celebrating the evolution of fashion and the influence of hip-hop culture on the entertainment industry.
“The world of fashion has always felt like an extension of the theater world to me,” describes Dickerson, who dresses luxuriously on nights when she works. “[It’s] At its core, it’s a highly creative community that rewards ideas and originality. It rewards pushing boundaries and breaking rules. Just like theatre, there is a performance-based aspect to it. I think we hugged each other.”
Sean Dickerson’s journey and contributions have brought him success in combining fashion, music and nightlife. At the heart of their success is their flagship design, SaadiQ, an iconic party line that has become a magnet for A-list celebrities and fashion trendsetters.
The guest list includes names like Sean John clothing founder Diddy, who attended Dickerson’s New York Fashion Week event. Losie’s It’s at the Moxy Hotel on the Lower East Side, where other brands are hosting NYFW after-parties. The SaadiQ party series has also been joined by Drake, Doja Cat, Usher, Chris Brown, Cardi B, and Take Off throughout its existence, and was referenced in Drake and 21 Savage’s song “Spin About You.”
“There is a lot of synergy between hip-hop and fashion,” Dickerson says. “The fashion influences that have influenced me the most have always come from hip-hop, especially rappers. Whether it’s Raekwon walking the runway for Tommy Hilfiger or Kanye wearing the Louis backpack. This culture has brought us all closer together and changed the world. Hip-hop in our history “I’m happy to see fashion houses embracing artists like Future and Pharrell, unlike some who view culture as inferior and hinder its inclusion.”
Its influence extends far beyond the glitz and glamor of Hollywood. Dickerson’s influence resonates around the world, producing unforgettable events in major cities such as New York, Miami, D.C., and Paris. During Paris Fashion Week, her events took center stage at prestigious venues like Lapérouse and Plaza Athénée, attracting the likes of LeBron James, Draymond Green, Offset, Teyana Taylor and Pusha T.
“Last summer we held our Paris Fashion Week SaadiQ pop-up for the runway show after-party in collaboration with RHUDE,” notes Dickerson. He continues his words about fashion during fashion weeks as follows: “Paris Fashion Week, in particular, is a continuous 24-hour cycle for about eight days. New York City has the most originality and people are fearless about their originality. But Parisians fly the most effortlessly and have the best taste of all the cities in the world.”
Dickerson has also attended many of the events that draw some of the largest crowds ever to pass through the fashion world. He worked with notables of the fashion world who also created his aesthetic in nightlife. “Over the years, we’ve thrown parties with everyone from Jerry Lorenzo, our extended family, to Virgil, Undefeated’s collaboration with Been Trill.”
“We look forward to working with more designers and continuing to create spaces where people can feel free to socialize, get lost in the moment, and have an unforgettable experience,” states Dickerson.
Although Dickerson’s work often takes place behind the scenes, he is able to create immersive nightlife experiences that set him apart and are sought after. His dedication to creating unforgettable moments for his guests has made him a revered figure who cuts across the seams of culture in nightlife, music and now the fashion industry.