Eric Daman

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Eric Daman
Born Eric Daman
(1970 -08-21) August 21, 1970 (age 46)
Monroe, Michigan
Residence New York City
Occupation Costume Designer, Stylist, Author
Known for Costume Design, Fashion Design, Style Expert
Website Eric Daman Style

Eric Daman is a costume designer, fashion model, television personality, and author from New York City. Known for costume design and fashion styling on the American television series Sex and the City and Gossip Girl as well as designs for various products.

Early life[edit]

Eric Daman was born on August 21, 1970 in Monroe, Michigan to Douglas and Maryann Daman. When he was 18, Daman began his undergraduate education at Wabash College, a small, private, liberal arts college for men, located in Crawfordsville, Indiana. He later transferred to Paris-Sorbonne University,[1] a public research university in Paris, France, where he earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in French Literature at age 22.[2]


Daman began his career in the early 1990s as a fashion model in Paris. From there, Daman began working in the United States behind the scenes as a fashion stylist for photo advertising shoots and then television costume designer and set stylist. He also has designed luxury goods products.


While at Paris-Sorbonne University in 1991, Daman met Steven Meisel, an American fashion photographer who obtained popular acclaim through his work in US and Italian Vogue magazine and his photographs of friend Madonna for her 1992 book, Sex. Meisel use Daman as a fashion model in some of his work, eventually paring Daman with Kate Moss, a model from England known for her waifish figure and popularizing the heroin chic look in the 1990s. Through Meisel's work, Moss and Daman appeared together in a series of Calvin Klein advertisements. Other photographers such as Pierre et Gilles,[3][4] Mario Testino, and Peter Lindbergh used Daman in their advertising work and Daman eventually appeared as a fashion model on the cover and within L'Uomo Vogue,[5] among other publications.

In 1998 at the age of 28, Daman moved from Paris to New York City and began a career behind the scenes working a fashion stylist in photo shoots with American fashion photographer Terry Richardson. Together, their work was published in magazines such as Spin, I.D., The Face (magazine), and Visionaire. Daman additionally worked as a creative consultant to fashion designer Miguel Adrover,[6] assisting sweater-maker Pierre ("Pierrot") Carrilero in providing Adrover's line of sweaters.[7]


In 2001, American costume designer, stylist and fashion designer Patricia Field hired Daman[6] as an assistant costume designer to work with Sex and the City executive producer Sarah Jessica Parker to update the fashion and styling of that then-popular American television comedy-drama series with a more editorial tone that conveyed a downtown New York City style. In 2002, Daman and the rest of the Sex and the City design team were awarded the 2002 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Costumes for a Series for their work on Defining Moments, a season 4 episode where the Carrie character meets a jazz musician while on a pseudo-date with Big.

After winning the Primetime Emmy Award, Daman began collaborating with a number of private companies as a designer of men's and women's apparel, as well as women's accessories. For example, in 2008, clothing retailer Charlotte Russe hired Daman as Creative Director.[1] Since then Daman has also designed a number of collections of dresses for Charlotte Russe.[8]

In 2009, Daman's designs for American teen drama television series Gossip Girl earned him a nomination for 2008 Outstanding Contemporary Television Series from the Costume Designers Guild.[9]


In 2011 Daman created a capsule collection of hosiery with fashion design label DKNY called Eric Daman for DKNY.[10] A year later in 2012 Daman designed a collection of jewelry for Swarovski,[11] a Wattens, Austria based designer and manufacturer of cut crystal and related luxury products. The Daman collection appeared as the subject of a series of Swarovski-produced webisodes that were entitled "The Daman Chronicles" and premiered online at in June, 2012.[12]

In July 2012, American daily newspaper the New York Times described Daman's costume design work for Gossip Girl as being as much a part of the creation of a character as the show's writers.[13] Daman design work has contributed to Gossip Girl fictional characters Blair Waldorf, Serena van der Woodsen, and Chuck Bass being listed as TV's best dressed in popular press articles.[8][14]

Named as one of "the 7 influencers" who "could change everything about the way we look" in 2010 by the New York–based women’s beauty magazine Allure,[15]


Costume design for film is also among Daman's credits, the titles being The Adventures of Sebastian Cole, The Door in the Floor, Tenderness, Anamorph, Forty Shades of Blue, The Architect, Trainwreck: My LIfe as an Idiot, Quid-Pro-Quo. Fun Size, opening in theaters in October, 2012, is Daman's most recent film design credit.[16] Television costume design credits for Daman include six seasons of Gossip Girl, and "The Carrie Diaries" which is slated to air early 2013 on the CW network.

List of Costume Design Credits
Year Film and Television Role Notes Source
1998 The Adventures of Sebastian Cole Costume Designer Daman provide costume designs such as the lead character's suits for this 1998 comedy-drama film written and directed by Tod Williams and starring Adrian Grenier as the title character [2]
1999-2002 Sex and the City Assistant Costume Designer Daman assisted in providing clothing designs such as dress mid series of this 1998-2004 American television comedy-drama series [6]
2004 The Door in the Floor Costume Designer Daman provided the children's clothing for this 2004 American drama film written and directed by Tod Williams. [17]
2005 Forty Shades of Blue Costume Designer Daman provided the musical production costumes for this 2005 independent film directed by Ira Sachs. [18]
2006 The Architect Costume Designer Daman designed the costumes worn by the angry residents of a housing complex in this 2006 film. [19]
2007 Anamorph Costume Designe Daman provided the wardrobe worn by lead Willem Dafoe in this 2007 independent psychological thriller film directed by Henry S. Miller. [20]
2007-2012 Gossip Girl Costume Designer Daman provided the costume designs since the first season of this American teen drama television series [2]
2008 The Guitar Costume Designer Daman provided the costume designs for this 2008 drama film about a woman who decides to pursue her dreams after being diagnosed with a terminal illness. [21]
2009 Tenderness Costume Designer Daman provided the costume designs for this 2009 American crime film directed by John Polson and starring Jon Foster, Sophie Traub, Russell Crowe, and Laura Dern.
2012 Fun Size Costume Designer Daman provided the costume designs for this 2012 American teen comedy film written by Max Werner and is the feature directorial debut of Josh Schwartz
2013 The Carrie Diaries Costume Designer Daman will provide the costume designs for this series expected to air in January 2013 [22]

Media appearances[edit]

Daman has appeared on E! News,[23] The Rachel Ray Show;[24] on America's Next Top Model[25] and Project Runway All-Stars[26]


Daman's first book, You Know You Want It: Style—Inspiration—Confidence, was published by Clarkson Potter/Random House in December, 2009.[27]


  1. ^ a b Findlay, Kara. "Charlotte Russe Forms Exclusive Partnership with Gossip Girl Stylist Eric Daman". Article. Business Wire. 
  2. ^ a b c Michael Kane (March 30, 2009). "Eric Daman - 'Gossip Girl' Clothes Guru Preps For Work". New York Post. p. 36. Retrieved October 23, 2012.  |section= ignored (help)
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  4. ^ Marcade, Bernard (1997). Pierre et Gilles, The Complete Works 1976-1996. Cologne: Taschen. p. 237. ISBN 3822880957. 
  5. ^ Stevens, Madison. "Interview with Gossip Girl's Costume Designer Eric Daman". Style. Condé Nast. 
  6. ^ a b c Armand Limnander (September 9, 2001). "Living Review - Fashion: Trigger Happy". Independent On Sunday. Retrieved October 23, 2012. 
  7. ^ "Hot Shots". Dallas Morning News. March 14, 2002. p. 6C.  |section= ignored (help)
  8. ^ a b Lomrantz Lester, Tracey. "Eric Daman for Charlotte Russe: Dress Like a Gossip Girl (For Less!)". Slaves to Fashion. Condé Nast. Retrieved 17 July 2012.  Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "" defined multiple times with different content (see the help page).
  9. ^ King, Susan (January 14, 2009). "Costume Designers Guild Nominations". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 17 July 2012. 
  10. ^ Seventeen Magazine. "Get Gossip Girl Inspired Tights". Fashion Style Blog. Hearst Communications. Retrieved 17 July 2012. 
  11. ^ Soo Hoo, Fawnia. = 1 "Gossip Girl and The Carrie Diaries Costume Designer Eric Daman Celebrates His Collection for Atelier Swarovski" Check |url= value (help). Lucky Right Now. Condé Nast. Retrieved 17 July 2012. 
  12. ^ "Swarovski Enlists Costume Designer Eric Daman to Star in Reality Web Series". Pr Newswire/Comtex. Retrieved 17 July 2012. 
  13. ^ Rochlin, Margy (June 5, 2009). "The Emmys - Clothes Make The Show". New York Times. Retrieved 17 July 2012. 
  14. ^ "The Most Fashionable TV Shows of All Time". TV Style. Time Inc. Retrieved 17 July 2012. 
  15. ^ "The Influencers". Allure. Retrieved 12 July 2012. 
  16. ^ International Movie, Database. "Eric Daman Costume Designer". Filmography. Retrieved 17 July 2012. 
  17. ^ Manohla Dargis (July 14, 2004). "Movie Review: 'The Door in the Floor'". Los Angeles Times. p. 1. Retrieved October 23, 2012.  |section= ignored (help)
  18. ^ Kevin Thomas (October 7, 2005). "Movie Reviews". Los Angeles Times. p. 6. Retrieved October 23, 2012.  |section= ignored (help)
  19. ^ Ronnie Scheib (December 4, 2006). "The Architect". Weekly Variety. p. 58. Retrieved October 23, 2012.  |section= ignored (help)
  20. ^ Ronnie Scheib (April 21, 2008). "Anamorph". Variety (magazine). Retrieved October 23, 2012.  |section= ignored (help)
  21. ^ Duane Bryge (January 22, 2008). "'The Guitar'.". Hollywood Reporter. 403 (11): 14. Retrieved October 23, 2012. 
  22. ^ Natasha Williams (October 23, 2012). "Anamorph". EW. Retrieved December 5, 2012.  |section= ignored (help)
  23. ^ "Gossip Girl Bridal Gowns Revealed". Videos. E! Entertainment Television. Retrieved 17 July 2012. 
  24. ^ "Rachel Ray Show". One the Show: Gossip Girl Fashions. MMXII KWP STUDIOS INC. Retrieved 17 July 2012. 
  25. ^ Bull, Lauren. "Gossip Girl Costume Designer Eric Daman Guest Judges on ANTM". Wetpaint Entertainment. Retrieved 12 July 2012. 
  26. ^ Rees, Alex. "Project Runway All Stars Recap: Putting Lipstick, Louboutins, and a Cocktail Gown on a Pig". 
  27. ^ Cowles, Charlotte. "Costume Designer Eric Daman Believes Sex is Better Than Ritalin". Daily Intel. New York Media, LLC. Retrieved 13 July 2012. 

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