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Art and fashion: New BFFs?

Updated 5:53 AM ET, Mon December 9, 2013
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Art and fashion are the coziest of bedfellows at Art Basel Miami Beach this year. Spanish eyewear firm Etnia Barcelona dug through Yves Klein's archives and dreamed up these stylish shades, while YBA star Tracy Emin sold a range of limted edition t-shirts and sandals in conjunction with her exhibition. Courtesy Etnia Barcelona
Louis Vuitton rediscovered this long-lost design for a beach house made by French architect Charlotte Perriand for a competition in 1934. Because it placed second it wasn't built until Louis Vuitton brought it to life at Art Basel Miami Beach. Courtesy Louis Vuitton
Del Toro, a footwear brand in Miami, has teamed up with Italia Independent to launch an Art Basel Miami pop-up. It includes this cobalt suede shoe with a napa leather heel tab. Courtesy Del Toro/Italia Independent
Even before high-profile showings at art fairs, designers have been drawing inspiration from and collaborated with artists for years. Alexander McQueen's theatrical runway shows blended art, music and film where viewers experienced far more than just a fashion presentation. Here, a model walks down the catwalk in a 2009 show in Paris.
For Azzedine Alaïa fashion is a sculptural extension of the body. His work has been the subject of major solo exhibitions, such as Azzedine Alaïain the 21st Century at the Groninger Museum in 2011, and a retrospective at the Palais Galliera in Paris which opened this September. This soft pink skirt and jacket combo comes from a 2005 haute-couture collection. Copyright Azzedine Alaïa, photo Robert Kot/Groninger Museum
Belgian designer Walter Van Beirendonck is one of a group of avant-garde fashion designers known as the Antwerp Six, who graduated from the city's Royal Academy of Fine Arts in the early 1980s. His work goes far beyond fashion and immerses visual arts, nature and ethnic influences. Courtesy Ronald Stoops
Stella McCarntey and Jeff Koons may seem like they don't have much in common at first -- he is an Amerian pop artist with a love of a kitsch aesthetic, she is a high-end fashion designer who prefers understated luxury. But when they joined forces in 2006 to create a collection where Koons' paintings were reproduced on McCartney's dresses, it all seemed to work out surprisingly well.
Courtesy Stella McCartney
Dutch artist Julie Verhoeven is known for her high profile fashion collaborations with the likes of Louis Vuitton, Mulberry and Versace. This picture shows the product of her work with the Australian fashion brand Something Else, which featured her illustrations on a series of shirts. Courtesy Bec Parsons
In 2012 designer Giles Deacon and artist Jeremy Deller collaborated on a one-off piece which was displayed at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London. It was part of Britain Creates 2012:Fashion + Art Collusion, an initiative of the Fashion Arts Foundation set up to foster creative links between fashion and art. Courtesy Britain Creates, photo Gautier Deblonde
German artist Anselm Reyle was given free reign by the Christian Dior fashion house to reinvent the classic Lady Dior and Miss Dior handbags in 2012. He also created a range of accessories and shoes, such as these striking wedges. The artist featured street-art elements and signature fluorescent camouflage prints which allowed classic pieces to be seen in new light. Courtesy Christian Dior
One of the greatest critical and commercial successes of the Italian house of Versace, has been a collaboration with the Berlin-based collage artist Tim Roeloffs. He created prints of Berlin which were applied to Versace dresses. Giuseppe Cacace/AFP
Pringle of Scotland is one of the world's oldest luxury brands, famous for its Argyle pattern. The company decided to update it for the next generation by inviting Turner Prize-nominated artist Liam Gillick, known for his colorful plexiglass sculptures, to collaborate with the designer Alistair Carr on a collection of accessories and knitwear.
Art has always been at the center of Italian brand Marni's philosophy, and the fashion house has collaborated with illustrators, musicians and artists over the years. In 2010 they enlisted the former Turner finalist Gary Hume, a painter, to create a series of printed cotton shirts. Courtesy Marni
Rather than forging commercial collaborations with artists, French luxury house Hermes insists on art for art's sake. In 2008 they invited the Austrian Erwin Wurm to create a series of surreal photographs entitled Monde Hermes, such as the one displayed here, but the photos were never intended to be used for advertising. Courtesy Studio Erwin Wurm
In 2008 Christian Dior put on an exhibition at the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art in Beijing entitled Christian Dior and the Chinese Artists. One-of-a-kind couture pieces were featured alongside specially commissioned work by leading Chinese contemporary artists, among which was this photo by Quentin Shih, from his Shanghai Dreamers series. Courtesy Quentin Shih/Christian Dior
Fashion models wearing Christian Dior haute couture were placed among bland-looking characters in identical clothing. Courtesy Quentin Shih/Christian Dior
Quentin Shih became something of a regular contributor to the house of Dior, and also took this mysterious image titled A Chinese Woman with a Lady Dior Handbag in 2011. Courtesy Quentin Shih/Christian Dior
Artist Jonathan Jones made Calvin Klein's creations an integral part of his light installation for the brand's 2009 presentation on Cockatoo Island, Sydney. Courtesy Jonathon Jones