Russian television host and collector who is known for his knowledge in fashion history and art history. He is recognized for his appearances on the Modnyy Prigovor television show and has also published several books on the subjects including Beauty in Exile in 2000 and Children's Fashion of the Russian Empire in 2014.
He fell in love with museums and collecting at the age of five after visiting his first museum. He then attended the Moscow Art Theater School in 1980 and later earned his master's from Ecole du Louvre. After publishing his first book in 2000, he made his television debut in 2010.
He is also known for having taught the history of costume design at the largest Parisian fashion school ESMOD.
His father was a well known scenic artist and painter and his mother was an actress, providing early inspiration for his career within the arts.