Russian couturier 'Slava' Zaitsev dead at 85

State channel Perviy Kanal pays tribute to the man who 'dictated Soviet and Russian fashion for decades’

By AFP

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Russian designer Slava Zaitsev arrives before presenting his creations at the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Russia in Moscow. — AFP file
Russian designer Slava Zaitsev arrives before presenting his creations at the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Russia in Moscow. — AFP file

Published: Sun 30 Apr 2023, 11:12 PM

Russian couturier Viacheslav "Slava" Zaitsev, known by his admirers as the "Red Dior", has died at the age of 85, a spokeswoman for his fashion house in Moscow told AFP.

Confirming reports in the Russian news media, she added that when Zaitsev had celebrated his birthday in March with friends, "we could already see he was very, very, weak".

"The couturier Viacheslav Zaitsev had died," Russian state channel Perviy Kanal reported, paying tribute to a man who "dictated Soviet and Russian fashion for decades, an innovator who wasn't afraid of bold experiments".


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