2021 was a banner year for Rolls-Royce in terms of sales, and as a result, it was also a success for extravagant bespoke builds. 2022 has barely begun and the creators of art on wheels are already presenting a special vehicle. The Phantom Orchid unveiled in Singapore is the latest, and as the name suggests, orchids are the central theme.
It should be mentioned that this is not the first vehicle with the colorful flowering plant. However, this is the first Rolls-Royce order to feature orchids. Based on the Extended model, the Phantom Orchid one-of-one was developed by RR’s Bespoke Collective in collaboration with artist Helen Amy Murray. She assembled a team of six and spent over 200 hours perfecting the sleek design.
The project has been in the works for over two years and lives up to its name Ghost Orchid by heavily featuring the fragrant flower. The body line is adorned with an orchid on the front fenders and the same motif is found on the picnic tables and the illuminated running boards. The dashboard represents the most obvious implementation of an orchid.
It’s worth its name once you see the inside
the stretched ghost has a unique cabin with an exquisite application of silk on the dashboard. Helen Amy Murray reinforced the orchid theme with hand-inserted silk. The true work of art is nestled behind an uninterrupted glass panel spanning the entire dashboard. Its Grace White background is combined with Havana and Smoke Gray with Dark Olive stitching to accentuate the floral pattern.
The UK-based artist says it all started by illustrating the drawing by hand before converting it to a digital equivalent. The latter was needed to print the orchids directly on the silk crepe satin. Finally, the last step of the process and perhaps the most delicate was to carve the flowers by hand. It was made in such a way as to create a 3D effect by releasing layers of fabric.