Daniel Lismore

Jan. 22 - May 1, 2016

Daniel Lismore

'Be Yourself; Everyone Else Is Already Taken'

"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

Photo by Dan Ellyot.

Paula Wallace and Daniel Lismore explore Lismore's first U.S. exhibition, presented by SCAD FASH

SCAD President and Founder Paula Wallace and fashion forerunner Daniel Lismore, dubbed "London's Most Outrageous Dresser," discuss the sartorial splendor of Lismore's first U.S. exhibition, "Be Yourself; Everyone Else is Already Taken." On view at SCAD FASH, Lismore's exhibition features 32 thoughtfully styled ensembles installed in a mesmerizing imperial regiment that takes inspiration from the Terracotta Warriors of China. Together these courtly figures — complete with hand-painted masks cast in Lismore's likeness by the SCAD sculpture department — feature thousands of pieces from Lismore's personal wardrobe that span diverse cultural influences and highlight his commitment to sustainable fashion. The result is a body of work that stimulates personal exploration and teaches each us the importance of what it means to truly be ourselves.

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.

Daniel Lismore curriculum guide

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.

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