Auf Wiedersehen, Zelda Kaplan

‘I’m a “Citizen of the World”… I’ve spent spent half my life relaxing and the other half crusading.’


Zelda Kaplan


Zelda Kaplan was a New York socialite, a world traveler, a humanitarian, a fashion icon, and a nightlife extraordinaire.  At 95 years old, she still lived to see and be seen, traveling across the globe, picking up exotic and native woven fabrics along the way and wearing them to the runway.  Once back in the radius of Central Park, she commissioned garments, always with matching hats, from her worldly textiles to wear out on the scene.

Zelda Kaplan

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Known for her signature thick, round, black rimmed glasses, Zelda Kaplan could be seen at clubs like Bungalow 8 with a drink in hand and a slew of younger socialites vying to be in her entourage.  She is infamous for saying in a New York Times’ interview that her bedtime was “anytime between midnight and 7am”.

Zelda Kaplan

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Of course if it’s your time to go and you’re Zelda Kaplan, there’s only one way to do it: front and center at New York Fashion Week.  The first row of Joanna Mastroianni’s fashion show, or any other New York fashion show for that matter, will never be the same.  Zelda Kaplan passed away yesterday while waiting for the show to begin.

Zelda Kaplan

Zelda Kaplan at Joanna Mastroianni's Fashion Show (

“If you look well, then you heighten the atmosphere of a place, but remember to always be yourself. You can’t turn marble into silk,” she told Ari Seth Cohen of Advanced Style

Zelda Kaplan

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I like to think of her as still wining and dining and dancing and mingling at the world’s greatest afterparty.  And, of course, still always ready for her closeup.

‘Celebrate her 90 years of youth and culture’ with a full-screen memorial of her iconic face over background club beats over at or share your fondest memories of the original club girl at


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