By  on January 31, 2008

Jangling nerves? Not for Liz McClean — her sanguine approach can be chalked up to creative collaboration.

While most designers will spend the next few days feverishly pinning, sewing and sweating their way through fittings and run-throughs, Liz McClean, a stylist and designer, is prepping for her show in a much more relaxed manner: readying photos for display at SoHo's Openhouse Gallery. Last fall, while contemplating her fifth fall collection, McClean decided to bypass a runway act for a more intimate showcase. She and a close friend, photographer Mary Rozzi, recruited more than 20 women — mostly friends, some famous, some not — to be photographed wearing pieces from McClean's upcoming line. The result will be exhibited on Feb. 7 at Openhouse; her subjects will be in attendance, wearing the dresses in which they were shot. (The show, which is sponsored by Cover Girl, will be open to the public on Feb. 8.)

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