Designer Joanna Mastroianni Speaks Out About Zelda Kaplan's Death

Fashion icon, party girl, philanthropist and all-around It-girl Zelda Kaplan passed away last week in the front row of Joanna Mastroianni's show. The Cut caught up with the designer, who said she had no idea what had happened until her show was over and she had left Lincoln Center. "Oh, I was beyond shocked. First of all, I had no idea what was going on backstage; I didn’t even find out about it until we were — not only was the show over, but we were out of Lincoln Center. I had no idea," Mastroianni said.
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Fashion icon, party girl, philanthropist and all-around It-girl Zelda Kaplan passed away last week in the front row of Joanna Mastroianni's show. The Cut caught up with the designer, who said she had no idea what had happened until her show was over and she had left Lincoln Center. "Oh, I was beyond shocked. First of all, I had no idea what was going on backstage; I didn’t even find out about it until we were — not only was the show over, but we were out of Lincoln Center. I had no idea," Mastroianni said.
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Fashion icon, party girl, philanthropist and all-around It-girl Zelda Kaplan passed away last week in the front row of Joanna Mastroianni's show. The Cut caught up with the designer, who said she had no idea what had happened until her show was over and she had left Lincoln Center.

"Oh, I was beyond shocked. First of all, I had no idea what was going on backstage; I didn’t even find out about it until we were — not only was the show over, but we were out of Lincoln Center. I had no idea," Mastroianni said. "And I was speaking with the director, Maysles, who did Grey Gardens, and I’m telling him how cool she is, and if he had a chance to speak with her he would enjoy speaking to her. So I promised him I would introduce him, officially, to Zelda, not knowing any of this. It was quite a shock. But I have to tell you, if a fashion girl ever decides to go, this is the way to go."

Indeed.

According to Mastroianna, everything thought Kaplan had just fainted. "Gideon [Mastroianni's husband] was sitting literally right next to her, and everybody thought she was just feeling a little warm and fainting a bit," she said. "What she said to me is, 'I would never miss a show of yours for the world.' She wasn’t kidding."