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Lexus and Ford car parts as fashion creations [video]

No, it's not April 1st and yes, both Ford and Lexus issued press releases just days apart about this same topic for unrelated occassions.

For Lexus, the occassion is Art Basel Miami Beach, one of the most prestigious art show in the Americas. Lexus enlisted four designers to create fashionable works for an advertising campaign to appear in Vogue magazine. With access to over 2000 parts from a completely dismantled Lexus CT hybrid, the designers created:

  • "Environmental Crown of Virtue"-A truly head-turning piece designed by Moss Lipow using a transmission starter and exhaust manifold gasket.
  • "The Valve Collection"-Designed by jewelry creator Eddie Borgo using valve lifters, crank bearings and hose clamps.
  • "Nomadic Sanctuary"-A sleek trench coat, shorts and clutch designed by John Patrick, featuring floor mats made from plant-based plastic, sustainable sound-dampening material, wire harness, leather seat covers and cargo covers
  • "The Luna Shoe"-Created by Alejandro Ingelmo using armrest leather trim and clear plastic tubing.

For Ford, their excuse was the company's centenary tour, a month-long event celebrating 100 years of Ford in Britain. Using parts from a Ford Focus, two British designers, Judy Clark and Katherine Hawkins, created a dress and necklace (see photos taken by Andy Fallon).

For more information, see press releases below.

Lexus Unveils The Lexus Fashion Workshop with Four Original Designs Made of Recyclable Lexus CT Hybrid Parts

The Lexus Fashion Workshop designs to be exhibited at Art Basel Miami Beach

Elevating the notion of recycling to an art form, Lexus challenged four of fashion's most inventive designers to rethink their notions of automotive design for an advertising campaign to appear in Vogue. Using some of the more than 2,000 individual parts of a completely dismantled Lexus CT hybrid, a vehicle that is 90 percent recyclable*, the designers created fashionable works of art as part of The Lexus Fashion Workshop.

From crank bearings to exhaust gaskets, the designers took on the challenge with verve, turning some of the best engineered auto parts into innovative fashion accessories - all while driving home the beauty of recycling.

  • "Environmental Crown of Virtue"-A truly head-turning piece designed by Moss Lipow using a transmission starter and exhaust manifold gasket.
  • "The Valve Collection"-Designed by jewelry creator Eddie Borgo using valve lifters, crank bearings and hose clamps.
  • "Nomadic Sanctuary"-A sleek trench coat, shorts and clutch designed by John Patrick, featuring floor mats made from plant-based plastic, sustainable sound-dampening material, wire harness, leather seat covers and cargo covers
  • "The Luna Shoe"-Created by Alejandro Ingelmo using armrest leather trim and clear plastic tubing.

"Merging the worlds of luxury automobiles, art and fashion is another example of how Lexus is 'Engineering Amazing' or maybe more appropriately, 'Engineering Unexpected'," said Brian Smith, vice president of marketing for Lexus. "We were able to challenge four designers to turn one of our most progressive hybrid vehicles into innovative fashion pieces, inspiring the designers, and the world, to see things differently."

The four pieces will be highlighted in a six-page advertisement in the January 2012 issue of Vogue. Behind-the-scenes videos of the Lexus CT hybrid being dismantled piece-by-piece are available at Vogue.com/Promotions/Lexus. Additionally, a series of exclusive interviews with the four designers will be posted throughout December.

The collection will be on display December 1-2, 2011, opening day of Art Basel Miami Beach, one of the most prestigious art show in the Americas. The pieces will be sold at private auction during Art Basel Miami Beach, with proceeds benefiting the Council of Fashion Designers of America/Vogue Fashion Fund (CFDA), a not-for-profit trade association representing more than 400 of America's foremost womenswear, menswear, jewelry, and accessory designers.

* Based on ISO 22628 standards.

 

FORD MODELS HIT THE CATWALK

Ford Motor Company has unveiled its latest model, only this time it isn't a new vehicle. Instead a fashion model demonstrated how a variety of Ford Focus car parts could be the subject of a stylish photo shoot.

The unique fashion items, a dress and necklace made of Ford car parts, were commissioned as part of the company's centenary tour, a month-long event celebrating 100 years of Ford in Britain. They were designed by two accomplished young British designers.

Accepting the challenge to design a dress for the occasion was nominee Scottish Designer of the Year, Judy Clark, who worked with the late Alexander McQueen.

"My reaction when they approached me was one of delight to be a part of such a unique project as it's very different to what I normally do," she said. "I would say that the inspiration for the dress was taken from the Edwardian period and I actually started to design the dress before the car parts arrived."

The necklace was the work of Katherine Hawkins from Cornwall who runs a jewellery design business called Creme Noveau. Describing the inspiration behind the necklace as a tribute to Metropolis, the vintage science fiction movie, Katherine said that she was rather daunted by the prospect when she was approached by Ford.

"When the box of car parts arrived, I didn't really know what to expect," Hawkins said. "It doesn't help that I can't actually drive so at first I didn't know what the parts were for! But once I got them spread out to see how they look and sit and how I could work with them, the idea came very quickly and I was able to use really cool metals, plastics and rubbery bits!"

The shoot was handled by photographer, Andy Fallon, who has contributed to magazines ranging from Rolling Stone Magazine to FHM.

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