His name, in large Roman letters and the shorter ''Slava'' form, hovers above the Moscow fashion theater where his collections are shown, once a day, three days a week, to the wives of high-ranking officials, to artists, entertainers, housewives -anyone who will pay the 3 ruble (about ) admission fee.In a typical Zaitsev presentation, models stalk down the runway in synchronized, squadron-style formations, wearing calf-length dresses adrift in diaphanous panels.The man on the street still wears a predictably lumpy suit and pre-knotted necktie.His consort cleaves to a uniform whose requisite parts are an ill-fitting coat, a pair of well-worn boots and a huge vinyl tote bag, in case something worth buying should turn up unexpectedly.Undeterred by critics who called his fashions overwrought and out-of-date - reminiscent of Western fashions of several seasons earlier - the designer plans to return this year with a pared-down, sexier collection.Viyacheslav Zaitsev, 50 years old, was the first Soviet couturier permitted by the government to put a label in his clothing.
But he travels to the West; indeed, last October he visited New York, where he showed his collection at the Waldorf-Astoria.I'm looking for the first cinematic android that was created not to replace a specific person, but to have it's own function. When I saw the play, the robots looked like people, but screen shots from the 1935 film adaptation (first listed on Wiki) they look like mechanical men.The austerity of the room is relieved here and there by stylish touches: a vase of calla lilies on a windowsill, a Modernist sketch on a far wall and, behind the designer, a photograph of two models, one scantily clad, the other sheathed in one of his slithery evening dresses.Picking up steam, the Dom Modi's artistic director unleashes a tirade against a system he claims has yet to appreciate him. Worse, he has not been supplied with the raw essentials of his craft: not the textiles, nor the linings, not even the buttons or the shoulder pads that underpin a proper collection.
He had envisioned an alabaster studio with white-on-white furnishings. As part of his program of reform, Soviet leader Mikhail S.