The Russian designer Vyacheslav Zaitsev, known by the nickname Red Dior, has died at the age of 85, world agencies reported. The news was announced by a spokeswoman for Zaitsev’s fashion house.
He celebrated his birthday in early March, but it was already apparent that he was very, very weak, the spokeswoman said.
Zaitsev suffered from Parkinson’s disease, Russian media reported.
Vyacheslav Zaitsev dictated fashion in Soviet times and then in Russia for decades. He was known as an innovator who was not afraid to experiment boldly with fashion, notes AFP.
Zaitsev became known for his dresses with bright motifs inspired by traditional Russian shawls. He boasted that his clothes could be worn by the participants in an entire parade on Red Square in Moscow, writes BTA.
In 1963, the French magazine “Pari Mach” compared Zaitsev to Christian Dior.