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Bruce Oldfield and Ford Streetka Create Fibreglass Fashion

23 September 2004

Ford's designers and Bruce Oldfield have created a Streetka dress made from car parts.

Made from 85 parts from a special pink Ford Streetka, the dress, valued at 15,000 GBP, will be auctioned during London Fashion Week to raise money for Barnados.

The corset was formed out of pink fibreglass - the same material as the Streetka's hardtop. The choker is the car's gem-like clock: the hat was made from parcel shelf material and cable-ties, and the see-through skirt from mesh used on the front grille, decorated with colourful electrical cables normally found under the Streetka's dashboard.

""I didn't want the dress to look too mechanical"", said Bruce Oldfield, who has designed outfits for high profile celebrities such as Jerry Hall and the late Diana Princess of Wales, ""even though it really is made from car parts. Although we used actual wiring as embroidery we did have to concede to a few couture bows to soften it up a bit.""

""This was one of the most bizarre projects I have ever worked on,"" said Paul Wraith, senior designer at Ford. ""We used technologies normally reserved for future Ford products to develop the bodice. Having a pink corset emerging in our workshops has certainly raised a few eyebrows around the studio.

""Who but Bruce would have imagined that cable ties, parcel shelf fabric and mesh could make such a stunning outfit,’’ he added.

A six-month loan of the pink Streetka will be auctioned with proceeds going to Barnados.