To celebrate its 100th year in Britain, Ford unveiled an haute couture outfit sure to delight both fashionistas and car lovers: an Edwardian-style dress and complementary necklace made from parts of a 2012 Ford Focus.
Ford commissioned Judy Clark, a nominee for Scottish designer of the year, to create an upcycled dress in one week using two boxes of car parts the automaker sent her.
Inspired by the Edwardian time period, Clark told Ford she wanted to create a dress that mixed feminine layers with industrial mechanics. To make the gown, she combined Ford Focus parts like car keys, radio and dashboard components, seat covers and two red taillights with spray paint, tweed, leather, lace and silk chiffon she dyed the color of diesel.
Ford issued a similar challenge to English designer and non-driver Katherine Hawkins: create a necklace using dials, springs, buttons and seat material from the 2012 Ford Focus.
Though each designer undertook their recycling experiments separately – neither was aware of what the other was working on – the pieces complement each other perfectly.
Check out this video to learn more about Clark’s and Hawkin’s design process and to take a behind-the-scenes look at the photo shoot.