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The exhibition “Be yourself, everyone else is already taken” will take place in Harpa during the Reykjavík Art Festival. The festival runs from 1 – 17 June.

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 jewellery, retro accessories, millinery and more in an expression of eccentric, creative energy. Daniel’s first museum exhibition “Be yourself, everyone else is already taken” offers immersion in Lismore’s unique sartorial point of view and consists of life-size sculptural ensembles, each worn by the artist at one time and are reflections of his own multidimensional identity and tapestry of his journey to his true self.

Daniel Lismore is a London based artist, fashion designer, celebrity stylist, writer and influencer. As a model, he has been shot by some of the world’s most famous photographers including Mario Testino and David Lachappelle. 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 Vivienne Westwood who have all contributed to his first book, “Be yourself, everyone else is already taken” published by Rizzoli. Lismore is an activist and was the face of HM Close the Loop campaign to encourage recycling of clothes, supports the climate change charity Cool Earth and has worked closely with Vivienne Westwood on her climate revolution projects. He has appeared in numerous TV shows and films including a cameo in Absolutely Fabulous the Movie. He is an ambassador for Tate who hosted his first two exhibitions featuring his self portraits, he is also a brand ambassador for Illamasqua, the cosmetics brand and the founder of Sorapol, the couture fashion house. He is currently showing two sculptures at the Venice Biennale.

Reykjavík Art Festival is a biennial multidisciplinary art festival with a special focus on new commissions and the creative intersections of the arts. Since its inception in 1970 the festival has invited hundreds of artists from all parts of the globe to perform or exhibit at the festival and through this activity the festival has helped to create a vast network of connections between national and international artists, been a catalyst for the creation of new works and a major force in the development of cultural diversity in Iceland. The theme of the 2018 festival will be Home. The theme gives a layer of meaningful context and depth to the selection of the festival and connects and mirrors otherwise unrelated events in new and exciting ways.

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