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Dasha Zhukova (September 29, 2009)
|Born||Darya Alexandrovna Zhukova
8 June 1981
Moscow, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
Aaron Alexander AbramovichLea Abramovich
|Parents||Alexander Radkin Zhukov (father)
Elena Zhukova (mother)
|Labels||Kova & T.|
Darya "Dasha" Alexandrovna Zhukova (Russian: Дарья Александровна Жукова; born 8 June 1981) is a, philanthropist, entrepreneur, fashion designer and the editor-in-chief of bi-annual art and fashion magazine GARAGE.
Zhukova was born in Moscow in 1981. Her father is Alexander Radkin Zhukov, a prominent Russian businessman and oil magnate. Her mother is Elena Zhukova, a Russian scientist who is now retired from UCLA where she taught molecular biology. Her parents split when she was three. At the age of 10 she moved with her mother to the United States. Her mother is Jewish and her father is Christian; she says she identifies more with her mother's religion. She lived in Houston, Texas in the early 90s and grew up in Los Angeles, California. Zhukova attended a Jewish day-school in California. She attended Pacific Hills School for high school, and graduated in 1999. She graduated with honors from the University of California, Santa Barbara with degrees in Slavic Studies and Literature. She returned to Moscow and later moved to London. In 2004, she entered London’s College of Naturopathic Medicine. It was not until Zhukova enrolled at this college that she became aware of contemporary art.
In 2008, Zhukova founded the IRIS Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting contemporary culture.
Through IRIS, Zhukova and International Coordinator Mollie Dent-Brocklehurst launched The Garage Center for Contemporary Culture in Moscow, which has become a prominent venue for modern and contemporary art. It is housed in one of Russia’s architectural masterpieces, the former Bakhmetevsky Bus Garage, designed in 1926 by the Constructivist architect, Konstanin Melnikov. Currently, the Garage Center is slated to open a satellite on New Holland Island, recently purchased by Zhukova’s romantic partner, billionaire Roman Abramovich, whose fortune is widely believed to have been acquired through the use of bribery and insider deals.
In addition to supporting The Garage, the IRIS Foundation allows Zhukova to pursue and execute arts projects throughout the world, including an exhibition of Hector Zamora’s Sciame di dirigibili – Venezia, which was featured at the 2009 Venice Biennale. In November 2009, Zhukova chaired MOCA’s 30th Anniversary Gala, which included performances from Lady Gaga and the Bolshoi Ballet. Zhukova is also the editor-in-chief of the biannual publication named Garage purported to "ignite raw collaborations between art, fashion, and literature". The publication is named after the art center.
Zhukova has been involved in a number of business ventures in fashion and design. In 2006, she co-founded the fashion label Kova & T with her childhood friend Christina Tang. She maintains a role in the creative direction of the company, which recently announced a collaboration with Urban Outfitters.
In February 2009, Zhukova was appointed editor-in-chief of the fashion magazine Pop. Many in the industry saw her as an unlikely replacement for widely respected launch editor Katie Grand. The experiment lasted three issues, and she resigned from that position in November 2010.
Zhukova is a founder of the New Holland Development (NHD, a Millhouse group company) that on November 15, 2010 won an investment tender held by the city of Saint Petersburg to redevelop historical New Holland Island.
Zhukova is a member of the board of trustees of LACMA (Los Angeles County Museum of Art).
On January 2014, an image of Zhukova sitting on a chair made to look like a half-naked black woman was published on fashion website Buro 24/7. However, the website removed the picture soon after as it sparked a racism row.
Her partner is Roman Abramovich, a Russian businessman-oligarch and the main owner of the private investment company Millhouse LLC. The couple have two children: Aaron Alexander, born 3 December 2009 and Leah Lou, born 15 April 2013. (Abramovich has five other children from a previous relationship.)
Her former partner is Marat Safin, the retired former Tennis World Champion Number 1. The couple split late in 2005.
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