Cars have inspired designers across the globe since the day they became a mainstream reality.

Notable examples include Dior’s S/S01 vintage cars-inspired prints, Prada’s S/S12 candy-infused, cartoon car collection and Carven’s A/W13 show featuring suspended cars and headlights.

But collaboration works both ways: Mercedes-Benz has become a regular fashion week sponsor and Porsche carved itself a spot in fashion heaven with its line of luxury accessories Porsche Design.

To celebrate the ever-growing list of collaborations between designers and carmakers, here we consider some of our favourite car moments in fashion.

Prada’s Car Park, S/S12

Miuccia Prada has a reputation for delivering the unexpected, and her S/S12 collection surely wasn’t a letdown. The venue had been turned into a huge car park, guests enjoying the view lying back in giant foam cars. Printed on pastel shade robes, jackets and bags or included into the design, from flame-lined skirts and blaze-shaped shoes, the car motif was central to every piece of Prada’s playful collection.

Gucci’s Cadillac Seville

If class had four wheels, it would look like the Gucci Cadillac Seville. Introduced in 1979, the special edition car was available in three different colours – white, black or brown – and it featured a back pillar covered in double G-printed vinyl, Gucci’s green and red trademark bands across the trunk lid, golden Gucci logos on the wheels and roof. Sold for $22,900, the package included a complementary set of Gucci luggage.

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