The Allegory of Femme

Sean Patrick
Fashion Design (School of Graduate Studies)

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The Allegory of Femme
Contributor Names
Patrick, Sean (Creator, Designer, Director)
Morin, Danielle (Videographer)
Lee, Claudia (Score)
Asyalioglu, Oykun (Editor)
Berry, Kerre (Beauty)
Amilas, Taylor (Model)
Davies, Heather (Model)
Fritz, Alesea (Model)
Radecki, Lauren (Model)
2022 Fashion Design MFA graduate thesis collection created by Sean Patrick. Presented on June 8, 2022 at 'Unbound: Fashion Design MFA Showcase.'
M.F.A. Fashion Institute of Technology, State University of New York 2022.
Department: Fashion Design.
Artist's Statement
Marie-Louise O'Murphy was a young, Irish mistress who lived in the palace of Versailles. Far from her humble Irish beginnings, she lived in the center of femininity and luxury during the Rococo era. The Allegory of Femme depicts O'Murphy's story as a metaphor for Sean Patrick's own journey as a young man who grew up in an Irish household with feminine, dramatic taste. Once believing that the conservative traditions of Ireland had no place in the glamorous aesthetics he was interested in, The Allegory of Femme sees these contrasting influences intertwine to create a beautiful and sensual display of Gaelic art.
Sean Patrick is an Irish-American designer based in New York City. Through fashion, Sean illustrates escapist feminine fantasies, curated through a queer lens. Merging hyper-feminine aesthetics with Celtic motifs, Sean integrates his cultural heritage with a glamorous vision of femininity. Before pursuing his master's degree at the Fashion Institute of Technology, Sean earned his bachelor of fine arts degree in fashion design at Columbia College in Chicago. Sean has shared his eclectic taste and refined craftsmanship with New York based brands Mirror Palais, 3.1 Phillip Lim, Bach Mai, and JQN.
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Unbound: Fashion Design MFA Showcase


Patrick, S. (2022). The Allegory of Femme [Master's thesis, Fashion Institute of Technology, State University of New York]. FIT Institutional Repository.
Patrick, Sean. The Allegory of Femme. 2022. Fashion Institute of Technology, State University of New York, Master's thesis. FIT Digital Repository,
Patrick, Sean. "The Allegory of Femme." Master's thesis, Fashion Institute of Technology, State University of New York, 2022.