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.