Daniel Lismore is a London based artist, creative consultant, celebrity stylist, writer, public speaker, human rights activist and climate change campaigner.
He started his career as a photographer before moving in front of the lens and becoming a model. He has been shot by and acted as creative consultant to some of the world's most famous photographers including Mert & Marcus, Steven Klein, Martin Parr, David LaChapelle and Ellen
He is known for living his life as art, and for elaborate and extravagantly beautiful ensembles. Lismore has been named by Vogue as England's most eccentric dresser, selected as one of Out 100 and was named no 56 in The Pride Power List 2021.
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 who all contributed to his first book, Be Yourself, Everyone Else Is Already Taken published by Rizzoli. In this book he shared 32 3D sculptures that comprised his first US museum exhibition, co-curated by Savannah College of Art and Design and which was later displayed at Miami Art Basel.
In May 2017 he had an exhibition at the Venice Biennale. In June 2018 Lismore curated a month-long show of his work at Harpa Hall in Iceland as the highlight of the Reykjavik Arts Festival attended by the likes of
Bjork & David Beckham. The exhibition continues to travel the world opening at Pan Museum in Naples Italy in July 2019 and Stary Brower Gallery in Poznań, Poland November 2019. The exhibition has been visited by over 100,000 people from over the globe and will opening in the United Kingdom in 2022. Daniel is focusing on creating new sculptures and artworks for this. After the UK, the exhibition will travel to Germany and USA in 2022.
Lismore is an active campaigner and was the face of H&M Close the Loop campaign to encourage recycling of clothes, is an ambassador of the climate change charity Cool Earth and has worked closely with Vivienne Westwood on her Climate Revolution projects. He also undertook voluntary roles for the charities including Icross, and NWI in Kenya.
He has appeared in numerous TV shows and films including a cameo in Absolutely Fabulous the Movie, Sky Portrait of The Year and Marina Abramovic Takes Over TV. Daniel has just starred in two movies made by Academy Award winner Tim Yip. The films will be released on MUBI in 2022.
He has been the Circuit Ambassador for Tate Museum who hosted his first two exhibitions in 2012 and 2013 featuring self-portraits and he is also a global ambassador for Graduate Fashion Week.
For 6 years he was creative director of luxury women’s wear brand Sorapol. His creations have been worn by the likes of Mariah Carey, Naomi Campbell, Kylie Minogue, Cara Delevingne, Nicki Minaj, Rita Ora and Charli XCX.
Daniel often collaborates and creatively consults with leading names within the fashion and arts worlds. In September 2019 he became the face of numerous Bulgari campaigns, walked the catwalk for Vivienne Westwood and opened Naomi Campbell's Fashion for Relief runway show at the British Museum. For this he debuted one of the costumes he designed for the English National Opera 2019 production of Harrison Birtwistle's iconic opera "The Mask of Orpheus" which was staged at the London Coliseum. The designs were inspired by the artist's techniques of lucid dreaming and created in collaboration with Swarovski. He recently has worked on a collaboration with Kloss Films for Browns Fashion.
Daniel overcame his fear of public speaking to launch his book at the V&A Museum, London, in a sold-out conversation with fashion journalist Hilary Alexander. Since then he has been addressing the subjects of human rights, sustainability in fashion, diversity, fashion history, and the business of art and fashion in a series of talks, moderated conferences and public interviews. He has interviewed notable figures and cultural icons and has spoken to people of all ages at museums, educational institutes and corporations across the globe including countries such as India, Czech Republic, Iceland, Italy, USA, Taipei, Monaco and France.
In April 2019 he gave a TED Talk at the main TED conference in Vancouver, titled "My Life As A Work Of Art" where he spoke about the art of living sculpture. This has been viewed by 500,000 people so far.
Daniel has and continues to contribute to many fashion and art publications in the capacity of writer, stylist and creative director. Publications he has worked with include i-D, Pop, Mission, King Kong, Paper and Vogue Russia. He also has collaborated with leading photographers and content creators such as David LaChapelle, Kloss Films, and Nikolai Von Bismarck.
He is currently supporting LGBTQIA+ people who live in countries where it is illegal to be themselves and campaigning to raise public awareness of the discrimination within those communities.
In 2021 Daniel opened Coventry's UK Capital of Culture and will continue to support their programs throughout the year.