Arts Lover Zelda Kaplan, 95, Dies After Collapsing at Fashion Week

By Tom Liddy on February 15, 2012 9:48pm | Updated on February 16, 2012 1:22am

Zelda Kaplan attends the Joanna Mastroianni Fall 2012 fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at The Studio at Lincoln Center on February 15, 2012 in New York City.
Zelda Kaplan attends the Joanna Mastroianni Fall 2012 fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at The Studio at Lincoln Center on February 15, 2012 in New York City.
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MANHATTAN — A nonagenarian who loved New York nightlife and arts died during a Fashion Week show Wednesday, according to a published report.

Zelda Kaplan, 95, collapsed while she was sitting in the front row of Joanna Mastroianni's show at Lincoln Center, according to the Associated Press.

"I was sitting right next to her. She flopped over in my lap,” said Ruth Finley, publisher of the Fashion Calendar, according to the paper. “The show was just starting. I thought she fainted. Two men carried her out.”

Kaplan was taken to Roosevelt Hospital where she died.

According to the report, Kaplan attended openings and was the subject of a 2004 documentary "Her Name is Zelda."

The widely traveled woman "started out as a typical 1950s housewife, married and she had several different stages to her life,” according to Tricia Romano, who profiled her for the Village Voice in 2006, the AP said. “The stage I met her in was her going out stage.”

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