Car Design. Fashion. Ford.

Car design.

Car design. Fashion.

Fashion. Car design.

Is there influence? Is there a back-and-forth of ideas, concepts, styles, approaches, execution?

From the runway to the driveway?

Photographic evidence seems to indicate that this is the case.

As in this:


This picture harkens back to the streets of London in 1973. The models are standing by models from Ford of Britain, the Cortina MkIII and the Consul Granada. They are wearing designs by Hardy Amies. Amies (1909-2003) had been a designer for HRH Queen Elizabeth (not exactly a fashion icon; she could have learned a little something from a late daughter-in-law and a current granddaughter-in-law about that). Amies apparently saw that the design transition Ford had been making from boxy Zephyr Mk IV and Cortina MkII to curvier cars was the sort of thing that harkened to his designs.

Then there’s this, which takes the car/fashion intersection to entirely new levels:


It’s a flash forward 40 years from the Amies execution. Here fashion designer Bruce Oldfield had whipped up a little something made from Ford Streetka parts for a charity auction.

That’s right: a couture outfit that was made of 85 car parts—including a fiberglass corset and a grille mesh skirt.

Presumably this underscores the fact that people have to suffer for fashion.

The images, incidentally, have been selected from the files of Ford of Britain as part of the company’s centenary.