Daniel Lismore: My life as a work of art
Inspired by art in all its forms, Daniel Lismore combines multiple inspirations from around the world into vibrant expressions of cultural appreciation. Full bio
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because I live my life as an artwork.
that you have ever seen in your life.
of your giant jewelry box.
to the center of the town ...
or even go shopping.
called Fillongley, in England,
in the "Domesday Book,"
by history and beautiful things.
to become a model.
with myself at the time,
and created worlds
from the superficial fashion world
as a work of art.
months, making things.
like this --
by color, texture and shape.
from all over the world,
my whole body shape ...
too uncomfortable --
poking at me sometimes
about 20 minutes to get ready,
of a t-shirt and jeans.
I build like an architect.
till I feel they belong.
from lucid dreaming.
to come up with my ideas,
to write them down.
to the Houses of Parliament in London.
sequins and broken jewelry,
to wear armor to Parliament
banned it in the 17th century.
to be expensive to be beautiful.
or trash you found out on the streets.
in my collection,
to ancient Buddhist artifacts.
and what I have with others,
to museums around the world.
as you can see behind me,
of my existence as living as art.
mixed with diamonds,
can never make the assumption
cultures through my works.
from all over the world.
I'm a performer or a drag queen.
to be a performance,
any other type of artwork.
staring, shy at first.
they love or absolutely hate what I do.
I let the art talk for itself.
is when people want to touch the artwork.
the fear of the different --
not to take them personally.
as Daniel Lismore, the person.
obstacle as an artwork.
takes up a 40-foot container,
and 30 boxes from IKEA --
very difficult, getting into cars,
through my bathroom door,
to be unapologetically yourself?
and triumphs whilst living my life as art.
in prestigious museums,
flown around the world,
"Everyone else is already taken."
is a concept you can choose.
is necessary, and it's powerful.
being like other people.
not being yourself.
of creating their own masterpiece.
ABOUT THE SPEAKERDaniel Lismore - Artist
Inspired by art in all its forms, Daniel Lismore combines multiple inspirations from around the world into vibrant expressions of cultural appreciation.
Why you should listen
Daniel Lismore is known for living his life as art. His elaborate and extravagant ensembles brilliantly combine haute couture with vintage fabrics, found objects, chainmail, ethnic jewellery, millinery and more in an expression of eccentric, creative energy.
Lismore has been named by Vogue as England's most eccentric dresser. A prominent fixture on the London fashion and art circuits, he is both a tastemaker and friend to artists ranging from Stephen Fry and Debbie Harry to Boy George and Edward Enninful. In 2016, he was the face of H&M's "Close the Loop" Campaign to help encourage recycling of clothes. Lismore's personal wardrobe archive highlight his commitment to sustainable fashion.
Lismore is the author of Be Yourself, Everyone Else Is Already Taken.
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