Friday News: 95-year-old Zelda Kaplan Dies During Joanna Mastroianni’s Fashion Show

Zelda Kaplan, who was a recognized style icon, died aged 95 on Wednesday during Joanna Mastroianni’s fashion show. She passed away the way only the great do.


One of the oldest non-celebrity style icons, Zelda Kaplan passed away on Wednesday during Joanna Mastroianni’s fashion show held at Lincoln Center. The woman was invited to sit in the front row but as soon as the show started she collapsed and security guards carried her out. Kaplan was transported to Roosevelt Hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

Joanna Mastroianni, the designer of the fashion show Zelda Kaplan attended, has released a statement:

We are deeply saddened to lose Zelda, such an icon of the fashion community. Zelda has been someone I have known and respected over the years. I truly admired her for her individuality and incredible spirit. She had such a love of life and believed in living everyday to its fullest. She will be sorely missed and my heartfelt condolences to her family.”

Our thoughts are with Zelda Kaplan’s family and friends. RIP.

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