Everyone knows that the fashion historian is a passionate, fanatical collector of vintage clothing. Giant collection Alexandra Vasilyeva any museum in the world would envy. From time to time, the maestro arranges unique exhibitions in various parts of the world. This time the exposition opened in Moscow at VDNKh. The name speaks for itself: “100 years of fashion in Russia”. What you will not see in the pavilions: what were the wedding dresses in the twenties. What the most stylish ladies of the pre-war era wore, what fashionistas of the 70s and 80s dreamed of.
Vasiliev is most often asked two questions. First, where does all this stuff come from? Of course, the fashion historian spends most of his free time searching flea markets and antique shops. But many things are given to him. So, for example, Nelli Zakirova, the widow of the famous musician Georgy Garanyan, came to the opening of the exhibition. She brought her husband’s favorite red concert jacket with her. Georgy Aramovich has always been considered a great fashionista and even in the years of total shortage he dressed with chic, in an American way, like a true jazzman.
The second question Vasiliev is being tormented with is worded something like this: “Where are all these exhibits of his collection kept?” Answer: in three countries (France, Russia and Lithuania). A huge part is in a large vault in one of the museums in Vilnius.
Among the exhibits at the exhibition you can find a considerable number of outfits and accessories of famous actresses, singers, ballerinas. All of them are absolute rarities: wooden-soled clogs by Natalia Fateeva, and a leather bag by Lyudmila Kasatkina, and straw hats by Olga Lepeshinskaya, and patent leather boots by Tatyana Shmyga.
One of the outfits in which the singer Tatyana Antsiferova sang the hit “Goodbye, Moscow” at the closing ceremony of the 1980 Olympics has already gone down in history.
Bright yellow suit of printed silk, trimmed with flounces, in the late 80s of the famous ballerina Maya Plisetskaya donated Pierre Cardin. So the exhibits can be safely called priceless.
In each of the decades, Alexander found his own fashion symbols. So, the hallmark of the forties can be called a gabardine raincoat. Not a single self-respecting fashionable man could do without him. One of the undoubted hits of the 70s was amber jewelry.
Red Riding Hood Olga Aroseva turned out to be a neighbor of a red felt hat at the exhibition Ludmila Gurchenko. And bright shoes were attached next to them Maya Plisetskaya. Now that the owners of these wardrobe items have already gone to another world, their things are becoming more and more valuable.