Dasha Zhukova: biography
Darya Aleksandrovna Zhukova was born on June 8, 1981 in Moscow. Elena Zhukova, mother of Daria,is a microbiologist by education, and Alexander Radkin, her father,is the founder of Odessa's largest oil transportation company “Sintez Oil”. After the wedding Alexander Radkin took the surname of his wife.
Daria tells that her childhood spent in Moscow was a happy time. The city at that time was safer, and Dasha as a child loved to cross Moscow from one end to the other by underground alone. When her parents divorced, Dasha’s mother took the girl to the United States of America. Zhukova went to The Pacific Hills School. They changed many cities when they lived in the United States. They lived in Los Angeles, Houston and Santa Barbara.
The Guardian reported that initially Daria Zhukova attended a Jewish school, which is probably why Judaism is so close to her. After school, Daria Zhukova continues her education at the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Santa Barbara, where she receives a pre-medical degree after four years of studying. The girl chooses the additional education at the faculty of Slavic studies. In 1997 Zhukova moved to London, where she studied at the Institute of Naturopathy, specializing in homeopathic medicine.
Together with her friend Christina Tang, Daria becomes the founder of the fashion brand "Kova & T". Distinctive feature of their clothes is orientation to simple cut, no logos and using natural fabrics. Nowadays Kova & T dresses are presented in more than 80 stores around the world.
The opening of their store in Moscow in 2007 was a significant event. The producer Alexander Vainshtein, Deputy Sergei Kapkov, as well as many other celebrities came to the event. The same year, Daria Zhukova, together with Polina, the wife of Oleg Deripaska, participated in the creation of the Spletnik website devoted to the life of celebrities. In 2009, Daria Zhukova was invited to become the head of the office of the British fashion magazine "POP".
Despite the absence of editorial experience at that time, she was chosen because of her popularity. Ex-editor-in-chief recently left for another magazine, taking with her most of the staff. A year later, Darya Zhukova leaves the magazine "POP". In November 2010, the girl begins her own project dedicated to contemporary art. The media reported that such an object could even become a new residence of Roman Abramovich.
In 2008, Daria Zhukova opens the Center for Contemporary Art “Garage” in the building of the monument of the Soviet avant-garde architecture "Bakhmetevsky Garage", built in the first half of the 20th century by the architect Shukhov and was used for the storage of British buses. The main goal of the Garage Center is to support Russian artists, to exhibit works of contemporary art, to organize foreign exhibitions of Russian artists in order to popularize Russian culture.
The sponsor of the project was a well-known businessman Roman Abramovich, who bought the statue of the Swiss sculptor Alberto Giacometti at the "Art Basel" fair. Its cost is estimated at $ 14 million. Abramovich presented the statuette to the Garage Center as the first exhibit.