Daphne Guinness Was Very Nervous at the Opening of her FIT Exhibit

Daphne Guinness in her Hogan McLaughlin gown.

At last night’s exhibition of Daphne Guinness’s clothing and films at FIT, the subject herself was breathless in a crushing crowd on the museum’s lower level. “It’s really surreal,” she said. “It’s such a lot of collaborations that I’ve been doing. And to see them all in one room is kind of mind-blowing. Normally you should be dead if you have a retrospective. I’ve been very, very nervous.”

Surrounded by mannequins with black-streaked platinum hair exactly like her own, Guinness looked dazzling in chrome-colored sequins that flowed in a train behind her. (Valentino Garavani accidentally stood on it, but just for a second.) The dress was from Hogan McLaughlin, a 22-year-old former dancer, who just released his first collection of eight pieces earlier this week.

Earlier Slideshow: Preview FIT’s Daphne Guinness Exhibit
Imagining Daphne: New York's 2010 Profile of Guinness [NYM]