I'm working on translating the following text, which is an excerpt from an interview with a car designer:
What’s interesting to me is not just the way car design has changed in the last 24 years, but how my role has changed too. In the past it was much simpler. Packaging and hardware were really the domain of engineering, and designers tended to wrap clothes around what was already a given. Go back another 20 years even, and the role of the designer was very much that of a stylist in its purest form. You were given a set of hardpoints, joined the dots, and tried to make it look pretty.
I'm not sure what the bolded text/word actually mean.
In this context, I guess "clothes" means "piece of cloth for cleaning or covering something" but I'm not sure how it can be used in a car design.
I assume hardpoints are those parts of an aeroplane where you charge military arsenal and dots are, well, dots.