Friday, September 9, 2011

Hard Case Crime Hits the Runway

I'm a big fan of Wearable Book Fashions, and Hard Case Crime must be, too! Fashion designer Hally McGehean premieres her first wearable art collection during New York Fashion Week.

Among featured designs at the show, McGehean will debut her Hard Case Crime Dress. The Hard Case Crime dress is made out of nearly 1000 miniature reproductions of covers from the award-winning Hard Case Crime line of retro-styled paperback crime novels. This would have been a great Project Runway Challenge.

The skirt features every cover ever published in the series, including works by writers like Stephen King and Mickey Spillane, while the daring backless top is composed of interleaved copies of the cover of Baby Moll by John Farris, whose cover was painted for Hard Case Crime by the legendary illustrator Robert McGinnis (whose other work includes the movie posters for “Breakfast At Tiffany’s” and the original Sean Connery James Bond movies in the 1960s). The outfit’s oversized belt features another McGinnis original, his rare horizontal cover painting for Losers Live Longer by Russell Atwood.

 Hat Tip:  Patti Abbott  at

Photo: Chip Miller

1 comment:

Laura K. Curtis said...

*grin* And Hard Case also has the opposite end of the clothes!

Seems they have everything in the fashion spectrum covered...or uncovered...