Two parasols featuring the Serenity motif are held by bespoke leather loops incorporated into the boot lid.
A two-colour coachline with three colour blossom motif adorns the Serenity's exterior and echoes the interior. It has been applied by the squirrel-hair brush of Rolls-Royce's coachline expert, Mark Court.
Cherica Haye and Michelle Lusby, Textile Arts graduates from the Royal College of Art and Plymouth University respectively, joined Rolls-Royce’s bespoke design department to work on the motif of the Phantom Serenity.
The bespoke team sourced silk from Suzhou, China, a town renowned for its creation of imperial embroidery, and had it hand-dyed by Chinese craftspeople.
It was then transported to one of Britain’s oldest mills, based in Essex, to be hand-woven into ten metres of the fabric – enough to clothe the interior of Serenity – in a process that took two days.
The numerous colours of silk thread were blended into a warp which has 140 threads per centimetre to result in the 'Smoke Green' colour of the underlying silk fabric.
Once prepared, the silk was transferred to London where the blossom motif designed by Haye and Lusby was embroidered onto it. The final touch was the detailed petal by petal hand-painting of crimson blossoms directly onto the silk.
One-off commissions are making up an increasingly significant part of Rolls-Royce’s business, with 85% of its cars now commissioned with some level of bespoke content.
“Celebrating the historical role played by silk as a symbol of ultimate elegance, the Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Bespoke Design team has created a magnificent one-off Phantom which will set a new benchmark for luxury individualisation in the motor industry, and reaffirm that Bespoke is Rolls-Royce," said the company's chief executive, Torsten Müller-Ötvös.
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