In photos: Celebrating the life and best looks of Russian designer Valentin Yudashkin
Valentin Yudashkin, the highly acclaimed Russian fashion designer known for his dramatic and eye-catching designs, passed away this week at the age of 59.
News of his death came two days after Russian media reported that Yudashkin's mentor and the Soviet Union's most renowned fashion designer, Vyacheslav Zaitsev, had died.
According to Sergei Doubine, the Russian deputy editor-in-chief at Euronews, "Yudashkin was a fashion visionary, and can be compared on a European level to Pierre Cardin, who was also popular in the Soviet Union."
To pay tribute to the celebrated and highly influential fashion designer, we've curated a photo collection of his most iconic looks that were showcased at fashion shows throughout his career.
But first, let's take a closer look at the man behind the designs and learn about his remarkable journey to success.
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A trailblazer in the Russian fashion industry
Yudashkin was widely recognised for his intricate, embellished designs that drew attention at international fashion shows, sports events, and military ceremonies.
His designs represented a stark departure from the Soviet-era style prevalent in his hometown of Odintsovo, located on the outskirts of Moscow, where he was born.
He was a trailblazer in the Russian fashion industry, being the first Russian designer to join the French Federation of High Fashion and to appear regularly at Paris Fashion Week over three decades.
His Fabergé collection in 1991, inspired by the decorative eggs, left the fashion industry in awe, helping him achieve international acclaim.
In addition to his stunning runway creations, Yudashkin also clothed many high-profile figures, including former Soviet first lady Raisa Gorbachev.
Yudashkin left his indelible mark not only in the world of high fashion, but also in athletics and military apparel.
He created eye-catching uniforms for the national Olympic teams in 1994 and 1996, as well as crafting kits for the Russian football team in 1999.
More controversially, he designed the military uniforms for the Russian army and Ministry of Defence in 2008. The designs were met with criticism for being unsuitable for Russia's cold weather.
But Yudashkin claimed that his original design was corrupted by military manufacturers, opting for cheaper, low-quality materials.
Yudashkin's reputation further suffered a setback last year when his Paris show was cancelled due to his failure to condemn Russia's invasion of Ukraine.
Nonetheless, his influence and contributions to fashion remain significant and he will always be remembered as an iconic designer.
Here is a photo collection of some of Yudashkin's greatest looks throughout his illustrious career:
Valentin Yudashkin: 1963 - 2023