Russian designer Valentin Yudashkin removed from Paris Fashion Week calendar

The famous Russian fashion designer was due to present his latest collection virtually on March 8 as part of the event.

The president of the Federation of Haute Couture and Fashion, Ralph Toledano, said the show was removed from the program because the designer refused to speak out against the Russian military operation in Ukraine.

“Our team wanted to verify the position of Valentin Yudashkin. If he had any doubts about the war in Ukraine, it would have been difficult to remove him from the program. They wanted to… see if, like other artists, he was disassociating himself. It wasn’t,” Toledano said. AFP.

A spokesperson for Valentin Yudashkin said that BoF Toledano himself called Yudashkin’s team in Paris to say that organizers had been “forced to exclude” the creator from the calendar “due to pressure and a large number of negative comments”.

No questions were asked about Yudashkin’s politics, she added.

Yudashkin will always host a virtual show at the scheduled time on the brand’s own official social media accounts.

The 58-year-old designer was invited to be a guest member of the Fédération de la Haute Couture et de la Mode in 2016 and retains that status, according to the organization’s website. He was also commissioned to design uniforms for the Russian army in 2008.

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