Vyacheslav Zaitsev

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  • Name: Vyacheslav Zaitsev ( Vyacheslav Zaytsev )
  • Date of birth: 2 March 1938
  • Age: 78 years
  • Place of birth: Ivanovo
  • Height: 170
  • Activities: designer, painter, poet, teacher
  • Marital status: divorced

    Vyacheslav Zaitsev: biography

    Vyacheslav Zaitsev – legendary Soviet and Russian artist-designer, to whom belongs the primacy in the domestic fashion. He is not having relevant industry, managed in the Soviet Union to create the very concepts of «high fashion» and «fashion design». Today rabbits are perceived as a great artist of world importance and it seems that it has always been. But what is surprising – Western experts saw in him a unique talent for nearly 30 years before it could be considered compatriots.

    Slava was born in Ivanovo. Unknown, influenced by the atmosphere of the city brides on the decision of the future stars of women to create glamorous clothes, but with the direction his professional activities, the young man decided quickly. After the seven-year school he entered the Ivanovo chemical-technological College, where he studied for a textile artist drawing.

    Then moving to Moscow and studies at the famous Moscow textile Institute. Distribution of Slava Zaitsev was sent to the suburban town of Babushkin where Experimental technical garment factory Mosallanejad. It was there that the young man produced his first collection of overalls for female workers in rural areas, which was not only practical and comfortable but also feminine. Of course, the collection has not been tested Soviet methodical Department…

    But this line of clothing has attracted the attention of the Western press to a beginner fashion designer. It was published in the French magazine «Paris Match», and representatives of Pierre Cardin and Christian Dior, and later after talking with a colleague from Moscow, with one voice recognized Vyacheslav Zaitsev equal. And though almost to the end of 80-ies of the Soviet designer was prevented from leaving the country, in Europe, it has long been considered one of the world’s leading experts.

    Fashion designer

    At the factory in Sochi Vyacheslav Zaitsev has managed to prove himself more than convincing, regularly offering new solutions in fashion design. In the end she was invited to the Kuznetsk bridge, where the widely known all-Union House of Models. There he worked for 13 years and has worked with leading models, including Regina Zbarsky, Leku Mironov and Mila Romanov.

    The first result of the work of Vyacheslav Zaitsev in the House there was a collection of «Russian series», created by folk motives. It includes a dress and «Russia», was shown Zbarsky at the world fashion festival and received the Grand Prix. After this dress the Western press called Zaytseva not only as the «Red Dior».

    There were many other successful developments, but by the mid 70-ies of Vyacheslav Zaitsev extremely satisfied with the work. Its depressing, because of the principles of the Soviet system sketches fall to the factory too late and when the buyer sees the product in the store, it’s already hopelessly out of date. Vyacheslav come to the conclusion that the work of the designer in the Soviet Union is not effective and useless, and the result is released.

    After the fashion House designer works on the factory individual tailoring of the Fashion House, and later goes into that House, where he became artistic Director. There, since 1982, Vyacheslav Zaitsev creates its world-famous collections. Fashion designer is distinguished by the constant search of style and provide forms and clothing lines their own unique touch.

    Among the latter was especially memorable public images created Zaitsev, luxurious evening dress of cream lace and white dress, as if out of a painting by Vrubel «Swan Princess». Both of these dresses on the fashion Week in Moscow showed Mrs. Russia Alisa Krylova.


    Along with fashion are important in the work of Vyacheslav Zaitsev is painting and drawing. His paintings have no relationship to fashion design. They convey emotions and feelings of the author, even his philosophical perception of life. Works by Vyacheslav decorative and always striking and original.

    Personal exhibitions of art works by Vyacheslav Zaitsev has repeatedly held in the cities of the United States, Belgium, France, Estonia. Five of his paintings as beautiful, and graphics, is constantly exhibited in the Moscow Tretyakov gallery, and several paintings from the series «How young are we going» can be seen in the Museum of history of Moscow.

    Theatre & stage

    Another aspect of the work of renowned fashion designer is the costume for theatre and music. Vyacheslav Zaitsev has designed clothes for the Theatre, the Satire Theater, Mossovet theater, «Contemporary», and many others. Often he was invited to give originality and uniqueness of the standard styles of classic plays.

    And not only domestic Directors wanted to cooperate with the famous fashion designer. He also carried out orders several Broadway theatres. Best known for staging where the actors come in costumes from Zaitsev, it’s a musical of Duke Ellington’s «Sophisticated, Ladis».

    Also did costumes fashion designers and for film and pop stars, and athletes. Exactly birds «dressed» the Soviet sports delegation at the Moscow Olympics-80. He also belongs to the development of the image show Bari Alibasov «on-On» and rock band «the Integral».

    But only clothing was not confined to rabbits. For example, for the play Galina Volchek «the Cherry orchard», which was raised in German and Hungarian scenes, Vyacheslav, in addition to the costumes, the fully developed stage posters and other decorations.

    Personal life

    At 24 years old, a beginner and a little-known couturier married a girl from a very wealthy and distinguished family. Her name was Marina. Many of her friends were shocked that she chose Vyacheslav Zaitsev, and not some famous diplomat or a pilot, who constantly took care of her. The family Zaitsevs have lived together for three years and produced a son, Yegor, who, by the way, later in the footsteps of his father.

    The divorce made a very strong impression on Vyacheslav, as he truly belonged to the Marina and loved her even long after the breakup. He even became depressed on this basis. Helped to get out of this state one of the employees at the fashion House named ina, who’s been in love with fashion. They lived in a civil marriage, then parted. But when Zaitsev was involved in a severe car accident and for a long time was in hospital, she cared for him and helped in every way.

    Later Vyacheslav and Inna tried to restore the relationship, but their new Alliance has stood for a year, and this time the separation was final. More to create a family Vyacheslav Zaitsev tried.

    On March 2, 2016 Vyacheslav Mikhailovich celebrated his 78th birthday. After the party, couturier admitted to journalists that for several years suffer a severe disease – Parkinson’s disease. On the eve of the holiday he had surgery on the knee joint and passed a rehabilitation course in Karlovy vary.


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