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|Origin||New York City, New York, United States|
|Occupations||DJ's, music producers, performers, models|
Night club years, 2003–2008
Leigh Lezark met Geordon Nicol and Greg Krelenstein at college, and in 2003 they formed The Misshapes. Beginning in 2004, the trio cultivated a large following when they brought the "Misshapes Dance Party" to downtown New York City. The name was taken from the title of a Pulp song, "Mis-Shapes." The party was first hosted at 21 Seventh Avenue South in the West Village of New York City. Geordon and Leigh had to lie about their ages as well as falsify resumes to obtain access to the space at the time.
Lezark was born and raised in New Jersey. In 2002 she moved to New York City to study photography at Hunter College. She currently serves as a beauty ambassador for Chanel and has appeared in various special projects for the brand including "Chanel's Little Black Jacket." Lezark is also on the album cover of The Sounds', Dying to Say This to You.
With the help of the Internet, the party's popularity grew within the fashion, music and art scene. In 2005, following a performance by Madonna and Stuart Price, Misshapes experienced continued capacity issues and the party was moved to SoHo club, Don Hill's. At its new location, the event, as well as the DJ's, enjoyed growing success. Downtown it-kids and celebrities partied together. Creative DIY-style flyers were created and sent around. A big part of the Misshapes party is its accompanying website, Misshapes.com. Early adopters of social media, the Misshapes posted weekly photos of the party, as well as portraits taken against a white wall.
DJs and Live performers included: Agyness Deyn, Alexandre Herchcovitch, Arcade Fire, Bloc Party, Cassie, Chromeo, Cory Kennedy, David Byrne, Dash Snow, Dev Hynes, The Drums, Felix da Housecat, Franz Ferdinand, Gareth Pugh, Gemma Ward, The Gossip, Hedi Slimane, Henry Holland, The Horrors, Hot Hot Heat, Interpol, James Iha, Jarvis Cocker, Jeremy Scott, Junior Sanchez, Junior Senior, Kelis, Kelly Osbourne, The Killers, Klaxons, Lady Sovereign, Ladytron, Lady Miss Kier, Le Tigre, Lily Donaldson, M.I.A, Madonna, MSTRKRFT, Nan Golden, Patrick Wolf, Peaches, Pharrell Williams, The Rapture, Rilo Kiley, Rufus Wainwright, Selma Blair, Sienna Miller, Siouxsie Sioux, The Sounds, Steve Aoki, The Strokes, These New Puritans, Uffie, The Virgins, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, and Yoko Ono.
After a 5-year run, the trio decided to discontinue Misshapes as a weekly party, but continued to produce special Misshapes events in new locations.
The Misshapes also expanded into publishing with the release of their eponymous stylebook. The book contains almost 300 pages of fashion portraits and over 2,500 images with photography by Julian Gilbert, Karl Lagerfeld, Leigh Lezark, Nick Haymes, Miguel Villalobos, Patrick McMullan, Ryan McGinley, Ryan Pfluger, Scott Meriam and Yeah Yeah Yeahs guitarist Nick Zinner. The book's introduction is written by "Vogue" magazine and Vogue.com editor Sally Singer and additional text by writer Legs McNeil, and Pulp frontman, Jarvis Cocker.
In 2008, the Misshapes began designing the soundtracks to the first fashion shows of London based designer Henry Holland. Since then the Misshapes have provided runway soundtracks for designers including Adidas Originals, Bill Blass, Calvin Klein, Costello Tagliapietra, Cynthia Rowley, Diesel Black Gold, Jeremy Scott, Karl Lagerfeld, Rachel Zoe, Sophia Kokosalaki, Tory Burch, Viktor & Rolf and Zac Posen.
The Misshapes have also collaborated with brands like Chanel, Harry Winston, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Moet & Chandon, Sotheby' and Visionaire to soundtrack installations in galleries, museums, public places and art centers.
- Leigh Lezark was Eeverywhere During Fashion Week.; The New York Observer; Archived at: CiteWeb.
- The Little Black Jacket: Chanel’s Classic Revisited; Steidl; 2013; by Karl Lagerfeld & Carine Roitfeld; [Chanel/Karl Lagerfeld film "Remember Now"]; in which she portrays herself.
- Misshapes; MTV Press; retrieved .
- One: Edun and One: The Campaign to Make Poverty History Join to Launch New ONE T-shirt
- Teen Vogue
- The New York Observer: At H&M, Easy Cavalli, Easy Go
- The Imagist: The Amazing, Audacious Agyness Deyn!
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- Misshape's After-Party: A global nightlife brand tries to grow up
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- The Sounds Official website
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