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Slava Zaitsev: "I am grateful to Providence

December 12 2008

Slava Zaitsev, or "red Dior," as the French call a famous Russian designer, passed 70 years. However, looking at the couturier, believe it is still absolutely impossible. Here is how to achieve it, his "elixir of youth," Slava Zaitsev told the Yoki.

- You have passed 70 - but it is hard to believe ...

- Yes, but, honestly, I do not know what was going on. Probably because I do not smoke or drink, even though I work from morning till night, sleep for 4 hours a day ... But my mother until old age did not have gray hair. And I have only recently begun to turn gray. Generally awful, of course, that in the day just 24 hours - nothing can catch. Well, think that's already 70 years ago. And, in fact, as one day. Because I do everything on the fly. Joke ...

- How did you decide to become a fashion designer?

- Random. After the Ivanovo Chemical Engineering College, I went to Moscow and began studying ancient civilizations, became acquainted with the works of great artists. This resulted from a desire to do costume. And so I sat in the library on Pushkin, doing copy of costumes and dresses of the past.

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- Who are you interested in today's world of fashion?

- In recent years, very many of the great departed. And Valentino and Givenchy and Saint Laurent - he was gone, alas, from a life too ...

- Care and very high fashion ...

- And here it is not. Now there are new solutions, has a new look ... But what to say - look at John Galliano - it would seem, is not Christian Dior, the house is headed, but how high he raised his mark at Home! And what his imagination. His fashion shows - it's just theater event! And this despite the fact that he was not Parisian, he is from London.

- And where is your house?

- First of all, this is my country house, which I have built seven years - from 1993 to 2000 the first - and now I'm almost always - there. But there are still apartment in central Moscow and is home in Paris.

- You flattered that you called "red Dior?

- So wrote the French were still 45 years ago, in an article in Paris Match ", when they saw me and my work in Moscow .. Of course, it was incredibly nice ... but only after nearly 25 years I found myself in Paris.

- And what was experienced?

- I participated in Fashion Week at the Theatre of the Champs Elysees. I could not believe that all this is happening to me.

- You are friends with the French fashion designer?

- Yes, of course. With Pierre Cardin, with Paco Rabanne, Thierry Mugler ... Paris - it's really a holiday, the second such proud on earth no more.

Alexander Gray


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