BMW make stunning dress from carbon fibre material used in their i8 supercar
Two top designers have been hired by BMW to make a beautiful dress from the same carbon-fibre material found in its hybrid supercar. The Carbon Dress is woven from the same high-tech fibres that make up the body of the £105,000 i8 BMW.
London based design duo Felder Felder – made up of German twins Daniela and Annette Felder – are responsible for the design. The sisters have produced a collection made solely from up-cycled and sustainable fabrics.
The dress took in excess of 100 hours to make and is 97% carbon. The lightweight material is extremely strong but flexible so the dress should have a certain amount of durability.
The material, which is fully sustainable, and not yet available to the fashion industry – at least not in large quantities, was produced at the same location where the carbon fibre for the carmakers cutting edge electric and Plug in Hybrid BMW i cars.
Daniela Felder said: “The carbon fabrics are amazing and unlike anything we’ve used before – we were 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”.
It’s been two years since the BMW i8 was released, the car’s groundbreaking combination of high performance, efficiency and lightweight materials receiving lavish praise from the motoring industry.
Powered simply by a 1.5-litre petrol engine, it also utilises a battery pack and motor which means it can travel 22 miles quietly using purely electrical power. Despite this, it can still achieve 0-60mph in 4.4 seconds.