German twins Daniela and Annette Felder have created a rather peculiar dress using carbon fiber sourced from the BMW i3 and i8.
The extravagant world of fashion takes its inspiration from time to time from the car industry and the end result in most cases is quite odd. Case in point, Daniela and Annette Felder working at their London-based design studio Felder Felder have come up with an unusual dress serving as the highlight of their 10th Anniversary Collection. All of the pieces are made from up-cycled and sustainable fabrics and the hero piece is known as the “Carbon Dress.”
Influenced by BMW “i” lineup of eco-friendly models, the metallic grey skater dress required more than 100 hours of work to complete and 97% of the material used was carbon. As always, beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but you can’t deny the fact that it’s rather interesting thanks to its unique texture mimicking the finish of BMW’s i3 & i8 duo of alternatively-powered cars.
In the words of Daniela and Annette Felder:
"The carbon fabrics are amazing and unlike anything we’ve used before – we are honored to be given access to them before anyone else. The woven fiber allows us to do more with the designs and push the boundaries of sustainable fashion. It adds amazing structure and the frayed carbon looks so great as tassels. We can’t wait to show everyone the collection."
The shine of the material make the special dress look even more spectacular, and according to the German twins, it’s also “more tactile and daring compared to other fashion fabrics.” Interestingly, the material used to create the dress was made at the exact same location where BMW produces the carbon fiber for the i3 plug-in hybrid / electric model and the i8 plug-in hybrid sports car.
Just like the other pieces of the collection, the carbon fiber dress exhibits the fashion label’s rock n’ roll style and features flash electric motifs. All pieces of the 10th Anniversary Collection were showcased during a VIP dinner last week in London and marked the second year of collaboration between Felder Felder and BMW i.
Gallery: Carbon fiber dress inspired by BMW i
FASHION DESIGNERS FELDER FELDER UNVEIL SUSTAINABLE CARBON DRESS TO CELEBRATE THEIR 10TH ANNIVERSARY
Electric themed capsule collection marks second collaboration between Felder Felder and leaders in innovative sustainability BMW.
German twins Daniela and Annette Felder, of London based design duo Felder Felder, today unveil their 10th Anniversary Collection featuring exclusively up-cycled and sustainable fabrics.
The collection’s hero piece is the “Carbon Dress”, inspired by BMW i and created using carbon fibre from BMW’s electric vehicle programme.
Carbon material makes up 97% of the fringe-detailed, metallic grey skater dress, which took over 100 hours to make. The unique texture and shine of the material provides a futuristic finish, which remains lightweight and strong, but is more tactile and daring compared to other fashion fabrics. This combined with the cut of the dress makes it the star of the collection.
The fully sustainable material, not yet available to the fashion industry in large quantities,was created at the same place that produces carbon fibre for BMW’s ground-breaking electric and Plug in Hybrid BMW i cars.
Daniela and Annette Felder comment: ‘The carbon fabrics are amazing and unlike anything we’ve used before – we are honoured to be given access to them before anyone else. The woven fibre allows us to do more with the designs and push the boundaries of sustainable fashion. It adds amazing structure and the frayed carbon looks so great as tassels. We can’t wait to show everyone the collection’.
The wider collection, in the label’s trademark rock n’ roll style, features flash electric motifs and up-cycled garments from their last decade of work. Daniela and Annette Felder will personally present this anniversary collection at an exclusive and intimate VIP dinner on Friday 16th September in London.
This is the second year Felder Felder has collaborated with the pioneers of the electric vehicle, BMW i, to create a more sustainable and green collection.