Dasha Zhukova

BATD ON Dec 29, 2008 AT 1:00 pm

Dasha Zhukova at a Gallery opening

Dasha Zhukova at a Gallery opening

Though recent press has labelled Daria ‘Dasha’ Zhukova as just another wealthy Russian socialite ready to spend daddy’s—or her boyfriend, Roman Abramovich’s— money, Dasha has made it clear in recent months that she has the intelligence and willpower to match her sophistication and chic style.

Until recently, no one had even heard of Zhukova, but this 27-year-old beauty doesn’t want to be known for her relationship with Abramovich. She doesn’t even like to admit they are a couple.

Luckily, Londoners will soon be hearing her name more often, as she has been signed on to host one of the biggest parties of the year, the annual summer party at the Serpentine Gallery.

But, the question on everyone’s mind seems to be: ‘how did this young woman suddenly emerge in the art world?’

Well, Zhukova does not need Abramovich’s money to fund her art interests. Her father, Alexander Zhukova, is an associate of Abramovich and a billionaire Russian oligarch as well. Zhukova’s parents divorced when she was young and she moved with her mother, Elena, to California where her mother worked as a microbiologist at UCLA.

Dasha with boyfriend Roman Abramovich

Dasha with boyfriend Roman Abramovich

It was in school at U.C. Santa Barbara that Zhukova met fellow classmate Christina Tang, the daughter of Hong Kong’s billionaire David Tang. The two ladies decided to pursue their interest in fashion and began their own fashion line, Kova & T, which Zukhova hoped would bring a more relaxed style to the Russian elite through fashionable t-shirts and jeans.

The line has been very successful in the U.S. and recently launched in the U.K. where it quickly sold out at Harvey Nichols.

Having established a name in the fashion world, Zhukova has moved on to more artistic ventures, and recently gained recognition for the art gallery she opened in an old bus station in Moscow. Zhukova’s plans for the Garage Center for Contemporary Culture include art galleries, café, theatre, and bookstore.

Dasha Zhukova

Dasha Zhukova

The recent opening party for The Garage, attended by hundreds of important celebrities and socialites, and which included a performance by Amy Winehouse, proved that Zhukova’s name has spread across the globe.

Because Zhukova knows she has much more to learn about fashion, architecture, and art, her thirst for knowledge has lead her to spend hours reading and studying, especially in the library at the V&A Museum.

Unlike other socialites who appear all over the tabloids after a crazy night out of drinking and partying, Zhukova’s low profile, as well as her stylish sophistication, will help her gain recognition for her hard work, not her money.

We cannot wait to see what projects Zhukova will undertake next, but they whatever she does, we expect it will be something to look forward to!

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