Fashion in Motion: Daniel Lismore

Fashion in Motion, supported by Libbie Scher Mugrabi, is a series of live fashion shows at the V&A featuring leading fashion designers from across the world. Hailed by Vogue as 'England's Most Eccentric Dresser', Daniel Lismore showcased extravagant pieces from his exhibition 'Be Yourself, Everyone Else is Already Taken', as well as his new 'Jubilee' look.

A prominent fixture on the London fashion and art circuits, Daniel Lismore was Creative Director of luxury label Sorapol where he dressed Nicki Minaj, Mariah Carey, Naomi Campbell, and Boy George amongst others. He has designed for the English National Opera and has exhibited at the Venice Biennale, Miami Art Basal and the Reykjavik Arts Festival. Describing himself as a 'living sculpture', he creates monumental three-dimensional wearable artworks which blend the past, present and future.

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His striking style is inspired by his childhood spent in his father's antique auction house, where historic regalia, exquisite hand-made treasures, artworks, weaponry and suits-of-armour were assembled alongside collectible Star Wars figures and Star Trek memorabilia. This influence can be seen strongly in his work – each sculptural ensemble is built from fragments of items previously worn by Lismore, meshing history and futurism whilst reflecting the world in which he exists today. With a psychedelic mash up of haute couture, charity-shop finds, vintage fabrics, found objects and religious paraphernalia, sustainability sits at the heart of his design philosophy as he practices creative re-use and upcycling.

Model wearing gold and black horned headpiece, and robe, with intricate gold detailing throughout
Image by Colin Douglas Gray. Courtesy of SCAD

Twelve life-size ensembles – standing at 6'4" – were showcased, examining social, historical and cultural themes central to Lismore's work and life as a 'living sculpture'.

Model wearing light blue headpiece with boat sails protruding, along with a flowing light blue gown/dress
Image by Colin Douglas Gray. Courtesy of SCAD

Explore previous Fashion in Motion catwalk events.

Fashion in Motion is supported by Libbie Scher Mugrabi.

Header image: Image by Colin Douglas Gray. Courtesy of SCAD