Zelda Kaplan Collapses At Joanna Mastroianni Fashion Show, Reportedly Dies


Zelda Kaplan, who celebrated her 95th birthday this past summer, collapsed while sitting front row at the Joanna Mastroianni fall 2012 show at Lincoln Center Wednesday afternoon.

The Post is reporting that Kaplan has passed away; we will update this story upon further confirmation.

According to the New York Postwitnesses saw Kaplan “slumped forward” once the show had already begun. Security rushed to her aid, carrying her out of the show where EMTs gave her CPR and put her in a hospital-bound ambulance.

Prior to her collapse, the bespectacled fashion maven was photographed smiling in her front row seat (see photos below). Kaplan is one of the stars of Ari Cohen’s Advanced Style blog, which features fabulous fashionistas in their 70s, 80s and 90s.

Known for African-inspired hats and prints as well as her round sunglasses, Kaplan is a world traveler who has journeyed to countries such as Ghana, Ethiopia and Nigeria for both fashion inspiration and women’s activism. According to the New York Times, she discussed issues such as a woman’s right of inheritance and female genital mutilation with the African villagers she visited.

Kaplan was wearing one of her African-inspired outfits on Wednesday at Joanna Mastroianni’s show, the same red and black ensemble she wore last April when she was filmed for Advanced Style. In the video, she imparted these words of wisdom: “One must be interested in the world, not oneself only.”

Our thoughts are with Kaplan and her family, friends and loyal fashion fans. Check back here for news on Kaplan’s condition.

Below, a photo of Kaplan taken on Wednesday before the collapse, along with photos of her previous appearances.


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