The unique ‘car dress’ was planned by Judy Clark, who is a nominee for Scottish designer of the year and has also worked with Alexander McQueen. She accepted the challenge to make the costume using Ford car parts within 1 week. The materials she worked with include a variety of parts from a Ford Focus, along with Chiffon, Silk, and Tweed, Lace, Leather and Spray paint.
She describes in detail how she used every part to create the entire dress. Clark calls the back of the dress the ‘engine’, comprising of the smaller components stitch into a crinoline type bustle. She constructs a biker jacket with the car’s seat covers, along with some tweed and spray paint. Layers of silk chiffon were died the color of diesel and make used for the skirt. Her main aspire was to create a dress that captured the contrast between soft feminine layers and industrial car mechanics. Clark took motivation for the dress from the Edwardian period.