Dress made of crime novel covers hits the runway -- you be the judge!

Photo credit: Chip Miller

This looks like the result of an “unconventional” Project Runway challenge. Hard Case Crime is known for publishing pulpy novels with scantily clad or naked women on the covers. This summer, its books inspired an unusual combination of reading and public nudity. So it’s a little ironic that designer Hally McGehean used hundreds of Hard Case jacket designs to cover a woman up (albeit barely).

So Shelf Lifers, use your critical reading skills to fashion-police this unusual garment: best-seller or crime against fashion? What do you think of the weird girdle-type thing around the waist (clearly I’m not used to writing about style)? Take a closer look below:

Photo credit: Chip Miller

Photo credit: Chip Miller

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  • Sammie

    D -

  • sheila

    amazing. i freaking love it. hally’s work is amazing.

  • Mike

    A neat idea but it just didn’t work in reality… maybe they should’ve given this to a designer on Project Runway, they probably could’ve made it look better (they’ve taken much stranger challenges and actually pulled them off so this would probably be a piece of cake).

  • daisyj

    Cute, but more billboard than dress. And that nude fabric under the clear layer makes it look something very bizarre has happened to her skin.

  • Frau Autobahn

    sehr gut, comme d’habitude.

  • Erin

    I’d rock one of these! Clothes are so incredibly boring today, it’s about time someone got truly creative. I love it!

  • Allison

    Can you show a zoomed-in picture? The skirt is kind of cool.

  • Genie

    I dig it!

  • Vesper Lynd

    Martini … Shaken, not stirred

  • FG

    It’s amazing!

  • Nicole

    Amazing work! Hally is an inspirational and unique artist.

  • roseport

    the skirt is my favorite part too–and the idea of a scadalous dress involving pulp novel covers is quite clever–well done

  • Antonio

    Amazingly unique…..beautiful

  • Mysti Berry

    It makes the woman wearing it look like a piece of furniture wearing a slipcover. sigh.


    This reminds me of a dress made entirely of credit cards. In 1995, designer Lizzy Gardiner wore a gown made entirely of gold American Express credit cards.to the Oscars. She originally made it for The Adventures of Priscilla Queen of the Desert but AmEx nixed the idea of putting it in the film but allowed her to wear it to the Oscars.

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