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Oasis x V&A Collection shop now: Laura Jackson models range. Now that garden party season is finally upon us (we can see a teeny tiny bit of sun behind those clouds, honest) it's time to shop for some new outfits.

Oasis x V&A Collection shop now: Laura Jackson models range

Our first stop: Oasis. Why? Because Oasis has teamed up with the V&A Museum for an exclusive capsule fashion collection. We've seen it in person and it's lust-worthy. Regular shoppers of Oasis will know they love a good print, but now the high-street favourite brings to life some V&A prints that date back centuries.

Modelled by TV presenter Laura Jackson, the collection is based around 11 beautiful botanical prints - all hand-selected from over hundreds in the museum's archive, by the Oasis in-house design team. The team worked closely with the V&A to retain the authenticity of the original printed fabrics and designs, and each one has been artfully re-imagined. 10% of profits from all flip flops sold will be donated back to the brothers' Orphans for Orphans charity that builds Children's Homes across the globe. West Africans are ditching Dutch wax prints for Chinese made copies of material like Vlisco's — Quartz.

Since the early 20th century, Vlisco has produced African print cloth—otherwise known as Dutch wax prints.

West Africans are ditching Dutch wax prints for Chinese made copies of material like Vlisco's — Quartz

This vibrantly colored and intricately patterned fabric dominates West African markets and is globally recognized as quintessentially “African.” Ironically, this iconic bold cloth was originally forged by Dutch colonial companies attempting to mechanically reproduce handmade Javanese batik cloth. When this failed to take off in Southeast Asia, Dutch traders began to sell the cloth in West African markets. The patterns were modified to fit local tastes and quickly became popular. The rise of mass-produced, Dutch wax prints partially displaced domestic textiles, which lacked the colorfastness and material lightness that ultimately made wax prints an essential everyday consumer good. Today, the majority of Dutch designs available on African markets are low-cost reproductions made in China. New market players undercut originals Hitarget is the market leader among Chinese upstart brands. INTO THE FASHION: Cultural Influences On Trend Forecasting.

For everyone who works in the fashion business it is important to be able to recognize and to foresee social and cultural movements, in order to understand the fashion environment and to be able to operate in the direction in which the fashion industry will move.

INTO THE FASHION: Cultural Influences On Trend Forecasting

Being able to anticipate what will happen in the next future is what puts a fashion designer, a retailer or a fashion buyer in the position to make better decisions in their work. And in this, fashion is not at all an isolated industry but is connected to the rest of our life. Fashion reaches beyond clothing and into the way we choose to live our lives. Lifestyle is how we communicate, how we travel, how we decorate our homes, how we eat and how we dress. Lifestyle and trends are strongly influenced by social-cultural changes, such as modernization, technological innovation and also by artistic movements.

Popular culture, or pop culture, is a cultural section, which is followed, understood and appreciated by a larger audience. Culture - How Warhol’s work influenced our wardrobes. Art and Fashion: The Ultimate Collaborations. The worlds of art and fashion are long intertwined; from Elsa Schiaparelli's collaborations with Salvador Dalí and Jackson Pollock's with Cecil Beaton, all the way through to Louis Vuitton with The Chapman Brothers and Prada with Elmgreen + Dragset.

Art and Fashion: The Ultimate Collaborations

To celebrate the interaction between the two disciplines, fashion historian E.P. Cutler has compiled 25 of the most influential pairings and published a book, aptly titled Art + Fashion: Collaborations and Connections Between Icons, which explores creative relationships past and present. Here, she explores five of her favourites, exclusively for Merce Cunningham x Rei Kawakubo"Rei Kawakubo’s 'Body Meets Dress, Dress Meets Body' collection (Spring/Summer 1997) inherently begs the question: Where does the dress end and the body begin? It’s delicious to contemplate. Louis Vuitton (under Kim Jones) x The Chapman Brothers"Considering how out there brothers Jake and Dinos Chapman are (Who thinks they can do Goya better than Goya?! Where Is the Line Between Fashion and Art?

Schiaparelli's famous shoe hat.

Where Is the Line Between Fashion and Art?

Image: Getty While the mingling of the art and fashion worlds is not a modern concept, the visibility of fashion and art crossover seems to be at an all high. The spectacle and sensation created by collaboration among creative forces inspires fashion houses to seek out contemporary artists for runway shows, capsule collections, or as commissioned filmmakers. Prada commissioned several murals for its spring 2014 runway show. The Gagosian Gallery represents the fashion photographers Inez & Vinoodh.

The artist Richard Phillips has a long history of brand collaborations with MAC, Jimmy Choo, Mont Blanc, and Cartier. Phillips' collection for MAC. Phillips is currently finalizing several new collaborations. While the fashion world is hungry for new campaigns, the art world is gradually growing more accepting of contemporary artists venturing into the larger culture. The Murakami/Louis Vuitton collaboration. "[Pruitt] has this fascination with fashion. Culture - Fashion victims: History’s most dangerous trends.