Harlem-based designer Dapper Dan is the latest fashion icon to get the biopic treatment. While Dapper Dan, aka Daniel Day, has been a fixture in the Hip-hop world for decades, his profiled was raised significantly over the past year after a public dispute and subsequent collaboration with Gucci.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Sony is developing a biopic based on Day’s forthcoming memoir (set to hit shelves in 2019). Comedian Jerrod Carmichael has been tapped to produce the project.
Day, who is best known for dressing hip-hop icons and black celebrities in the 80s and 90s, was trained as a furrier and custom tailor. Some of his best known creations were custom jackets, shirts, and two-piece outfits bearing designer logos from brands like Louis Vuitton, Gucci, and MCM.
In 1992, Day was forced to shut down his shop after labels began taking legal action against him and he was raided by U.S. Marshals. Today, Day still creates custom work, his most notable client is Floyd Mayweather.
In a 2014 interview with Dazed Digital, Day asserted his place in fashion history, and even claimed that luxury brands were copying him.