Sidnie's collection, Refined Rags, is inspired by bohemians, who are known to portray an exotic and alternative style to the current trends. The term ‘bohemian’ which derived in Paris, was used to describe a creative counterculture of artists, writers and intellectuals who represented an indifference to social structures and traditions in the way they lived and dressed. The artists who were plunged into poverty after the French Revolution were forced to live resourcefully, which involved wearing old or used garments. They were forced to mix fabrics and prints, which portrayed unusual colour combinations, creating a bold and distinctive aesthetic. Instead of selling and producing artwork, the bohemians became their art.
By dissecting and combining old and used garments Sidnie has constructed playful patterns that have developed fluid and feminine shapes for the free spirited. Sidnie has used a mixture of both draping and structured fabrics, such as crepe, cotton and velvet, combined with both modern and traditional textiles techniques, digital print and Devore to create depth and movement within each design that explore a variety of textures. Patched clothing and tile inspired prints paired with an unlikely palette, such as powder blue, artisans gold, vineyard green, Persian red, flamingo pink and marshmallow white, portray the idea of being misplaced and unbalanced, to resemble the idea of the bohemians, being unconventional and rejected by society.
BA (Hons) Fashion and Textiles
University of Portsmouth & Condé Nast College
Shoot Production and Casting by Sara Hassan (Principal Lecturer & Head of Styling at Conde Nast College)
Special thanks to Angela Jones, Dean and Academic Director Condé Nast College
Designer: Sidnie Brennan
Photographer: Liam Jackson
Image Editing: Jessica Parsons
Makeup: Carolyn Wren
Make-up assistant: Maisie Alderson-Foster
Hair: Dom Capel and Richard Windle
Models: Tiffany Smith and Angel c/o Profile Models
Stylists: Julie Varner and Kayla Milligan