Scottish designer Judy Clark talks about creating couture from car parts

Scottish Designer of the Year Judy Clark is used to making couture gowns for celebrities, having worked under the late Alexander McQueen.

But when she was asked to design a dress, made entirely out of car parts to mark Ford’s centenary tour, the designer jumped at the chance to get her hands dirty.

”I was quite delighted, just really pleased to be part of such a unique thing for the creative industries,” Judy said. “It’s quite different from my normal  fashion design career, so I was really pleased.”

Judy got to work sketching out designs for her creation, taking inspiration from the Edwardian era.

“I started designing the dress before the car components arrived, and I suppose it has got that Edward Scissorhands look, but it’s really based on the Edwardian period,” Judy said.

Also tasked with creating a fashion piece from a car was jewellery designer Katherine Hawkins, who runs design business Creme Nouveau.

She said: “When Ford first approached me to design an item of jewellery I was a bit daunted  because the items they gave me were large car parts and I thought ‘I don’t know what to do with all these parts’ - until I started taking them apart and seeing what was inside and then I figured out what to do.”

The girls both created their work separately without any knowledge of what the other one was working on, and were amazed when the dress and necklace complemented each other perfectly.

”The dress and the necklace work really well together,” Judy said. “We never saw each other was creating in the first instance at all, so it was quite a surprise to see that they both worked so beautifully together.”

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