"Be Yourself; Everyone Else Is Already Taken," served as 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.
Photo by Dan Ellyot.
Curated by SCAD director of fashion exhibitions Rafael Gomes, "Be Yourself; Everyone Else Is Already Taken" featured 30 ensembles styled by Lismore exclusively for SCAD FASH from among hundreds of items on loan from Lismore's extensive personal wardrobe.
Learning opportunities in this curriculum guide reflect London-based artist, stylist and designer Daniel Lismore's distinctive form of self-expression and his unique, sustainable approach to fashion. Lismore infuses each ensemble in his exhibition "Be Yourself; Everyone Else Is Already Taken" with rich social, historical and cultural themes from around the world, emphasizing the Elizabethan era. However, he also creates looks through repurposing — reusing garments, charity-shop finds, trinkets and other found objects rather than discarding them. Studying Lismore's eccentric creativity and his sartorial point of view empowers students to discover and analyze their own personal identity and individual sense of style.