The Hermitage Museum will exhibit some 100 costumes plus costumes created by celebrated Moscow fashion designer Slava Zaitsev. According to the news, the new exhibition will be a big step toward creating a costume museum at the world famous Hemitage.
The exposition unveils many of the creations of the Slava Zaitsev Fashion House in Moscow over the past 30 years, along with clothing design sketches and the maestro’s photos. Outfits made for various fashion shows and clothes ordered by celebrities will also be on exhibit in a new pavillon at the "Small Hermitage", according to the news. Hermitage Director Mikhail Piotrovsky told TASS reporters, that the museum is preparing a series of costume exhibitions and will open a costume museum in the future.
For those unfamiliar, Slava Zaitsev has become synonymous with exquisite taste and high fashion in Russia. The first designer in the USSR to be allowed to put his label on clothing, he was also the first Soviet designer to show his collections at the Haute Couture Week in Paris. Slava, whose real name is Vyacheslav Mikhailovich Zaitsev, dominated the Soviet fashion scene along with the famous Valentin Yudashkin.
The Hermitage currently has a collection of vintage costumes that belonged to members of the Russian Royal family, among others including 34 articles of clothing of late Russian opera diva Elena Obraztsova, among them clothes designed by Vyacheslav Zaitsev.