SCAD FASH is delighted to present "Be Yourself; Everyone Else Is Already Taken," the first U.S. exhibition of London-based artist, stylist and designer Daniel Lismore, whose distinctive flamboyant style has earned him the title "London's Most Outrageous Dresser" by Vogue. Lismore is known for his outfits that brilliantly combine haute couture garments with charity-shop finds, yards of vintage fabrics and tartans, plastic trinkets, found objects, ribbons, feathers, chainmail, shells, ethnic jewelry, retro accessories, millinery and more in an expression of eccentric, creative energy and his unique sartorial point of view.
The core of his artistic practice is sustainable fashion, a growing design philosophy that espouses creative reuse, upcycling of materials and reduction of impact on the environment. In recognition of his efforts on this front, the retail clothing company H&M selected Lismore in September 2015 to be the face of their "Close the Loop" print and video campaign promoting recycling in the fashion industry. Curated by SCAD director of fashion exhibitions Rafael Gomes, "Be Yourself; Everyone Else Is Already Taken" features 30 ensembles styled by Lismore exclusively for SCAD FASH from among hundreds of items on loan from Lismore's extensive personal wardrobe.
Lismore is a prominent feature of the London fashion circuit and his personal style has been the subject of exhibitions at the prestigious Tate Modern, London in 2013 and Tate Britain, London in 2014. He studied photography and fashion design until entering into a modeling career where he was photographed by Mario Testino, Phil Poynter, Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott, and Ellen von Unwerth, landing him on the pages of Vogue UK, i-D magazine and L'Uomo Vogue. He progressed from modeling into editorial work, contributing to and illuminating the wardrobes of various European magazines. Lismore has collaborated with American rapper Azealia Banks to concept shows and the artwork of her first album, "Broke with Expensive Taste," and he was the inspiration behind pop artist Iggy Azalea's "Glory" EP cover. Additionally, Lismore has been featured in the music videos of Boy George, George Michael and Alexandra Burke, and he has appeared in "Made in Chelsea," "Britain's Next Top Model," "Denmark's Next Top Model," "The Kylie Show," "Styled to Rock" and the upcoming 2016 feature film "Absolutely Fabulous."
Since 2012 Lismore has been the creative director of Sorapol, a luxury womenswear label worn by fashion influencers such as Naomi Campbell, Kylie Minogue, Nicki Minaj, Paloma Faith and Debbie Harry. In recent years he has supported organizations such as Vivienne Westwood's Climate Revolution, climate change charity Cool Earth and New World International Kenya, and Lismore lends his support to the LGBT community, human rights issues and free speech movements. Lismore lives and works in East London.