Ford has been spending the past year celebrating its centennial anniversary in Britain. To finish off the year, it sent two designers parts from a 2012 Focus and asked them to design a haute couture dress and necklace ready for the runway.
Judy Clark – a nominee for the Scottish Designer of The Year title – was commissioned to craft the gown, which was reportedly inspired by the Edwardian period. Using numerous small engine and gear parts, Clark created an oversized bustle that gives the dress the look of a much larger one despite its compact size classification. Fashionistas will be most enamored with the twin, red taillights hanging on the hips, which give the dress visual width and also create a swaying motion on the runway. According to the designer, the layered skirt mimics the look of flowing fuel. Complementing the look is a motorcycle jacket made from seat covering, accented with the speedometer set in the center on the back of the jacket and set to 60 mph. Clark was encouraged to use as many of the pieces as possible, but was also allowed the use of diesel-colored tweed, lace, leather, silk chiffon, and spray paint.
Despite not driving, English designer Katherine Hawkins went for a “metropolis, robot-esque” style for the matching necklace. Initially intimidated by the size of the Focus’ parts, Hawkins broke it all down and used the car’s center stack buttons as the focal point for the oversized pendant necklace. Coil springs dangle below the buttons and various computer chips to create an elegant, futuristic, and automotive design.
Check out the video below to see the finished pieces.