But what makes him an important person for discussion here is that all along the way, he has been tirelessly collecting vintage and antique garments, paintings, photographs, and paraphernalia associated with clothing history. Today he has amassed the largest private collection of apparel in the world, with thousands of items, covering categories from the top of the head,
His book, Beauty In Exile, chronicles the story of some of these elegant exiles, and how their insertion into the mainstream of European culture, with their strong aesthetic sense, effected the styles presented by designers, which filtered down to the commonality in time.
So, here are just some of the amazing things he has managed to save for us all to see and appreciate. Its interesting to look at these and perceive, as you go through them, an emerging understanding of the core of the Russian visual sensibility.
Try not to drool. But I know you will.