Daniel’s work actualizes what others only dream about: a court scene of his own making; each character, Daniel himself. Be Yourself; Everyone Else Is Already Taken — this book and the exhibition that launched it — portrays Daniel’s brilliant, cheeky self-portraits. One need not look further than the title to understand how fully Daniel expresses his own persona
—Paula Wallace, from the Foreword
Daniel Lismore is known for elaborate and extravagant ensembles that brilliantly combine haute couture with charity-shop finds, yards of vintage fabrics and tartans, found objects, ribbons, feathers, chain mail, shells, ethnic jewelry, retro accessories, millinery and more in an expression of eccentric, creative energy. A prominent fixture of the London fashion and nightlife circuits, he is both tastemaker and friend to artists ranging from Stephen Fry and Debbie Harry to Boy George and Vivienne Westwood.
For his first major publication, Lismore shares the 32 ensembles that comprised his first U.S. museum exhibition, “Be Yourself, Everyone Else is Already Taken.” The exhibition, co-curated by SCAD and presented at SCAD FASH: Museum of Fashion and Film, offered immersion in Lismore’s unique sartorial point of view. These life-size sculptural ensembles, each worn by the artist at one time, are reflections of his own multidimensional identity and are a tapestry of his journey to his true self.
About the Contributors: Paula Wallace (Foreword) is the president and founder of Savannah College of Art and Design. Hilary Alexander (Essay) is the former fashion director of the Daily Telegraph and currently is editor-at-large for Hello Fashion Monthly. Colin Douglas Gray (Photography) is a New York-based fashion and portrait photographer and SCAD graduate.
DANIEL LISMORE BE YOURSELF, EVERYONE ELSE IS ALREADY TAKEN
Foreword by Paula Wallace Photographed by Colin Douglas Gray, Essay by Hilary Alexander
Hardcover w jacket / 9.25” x 12.5” / 176 pages / 200 colour and black & white illustrations / £40.00
Skira Rizzoli in association with Savannah College of Art & Design / ISBN: 978-0-8478-5963-4
Release date: February 2017 Buy The Book