The North American International Auto Show has two major elements: the preview days with press conferences and supplier events — beginning today — and the public days when anyone can buy a ticket and check out the cars and trucks for themselves — running Sept. 17-25.
But between those two big showcases is the Charity Preview, a black-tie event that isn't too far off from Detroit's version of a red-carpet showcase for fashion and industry. This year, at least one element of that fashion event will involve recycled plastics.
On Sept. 16, International Automotive Components Group Chief Administrative Officer Iwona Niec Villaire will wear a bespoke gown made using a microfiber derived from recycled polyester and jewelry made from molded-in-color ocean plastics.
Materials were selected by Susan Kozora, IAC's director of advanced engineering, and Michael Behnke, director of innovation and advanced technology in Europe. Urszula Olkiewicz, a junior trim engineer at IAC's Opole, Poland, facility, then used those materials and an initial design from Villaire to create the gown. Olena Korolova, sewing production operator in Opole, also developed a tie from those same materials that will be worn by IAC Chief Commercial Officer Sebastian de Coster.