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Slava Zaitsev’s A/W 2009 collection

I’ve just been doing some more research for my Global Consumer Issues essay and I’ve just found the A/W 2009 collection of Russian designer Slava Zaitsev.

Slava Zaitsev creates exciting, over-the-top haute couture. In early April, when the Russian a/w 09/10 fashion shows took place, Zaitsev’s collection ‘Red Dior’ was his haute couture collection dedicated to the 100-year anniversary of Dyagilev’s Seasons in Paris. Sergey Dyagilev was the world-famous ballet impresario and founder of Ballets Russes, which gripped Paris in the beginning of the 20th century.

After looking at his designs, it’s easy to understand why Zaitsev is one of the most revered fashion designers in Russia. It’s such a shame he didn’t have the opportunity to show in Paris during his early years; under the communist regime, the only country outside of the USSR where Zaitsev was able to work was Czechoslovakia.

But just look at these images, they’re absolutely stunning. The use of colour and the intricacy of the designs are incredible; the folk-inspired shapes just scream Russia.