Thursday, October 21, 2010

Tina Chow... A woman of grace... and extraordinary talent

As the above images suggest, Tina Chow was an incredible jewelry designer. In addition to being a stunning woman. I am officially on the hunt to find some of her pieces. If you happen to run across any, please let me know.

Tina Chow was born Bettina Louise Lutz to a Japanese mother and a German-American father in 1951. In her teens she and her sister, Adelle, enjoyed success as models for Japanese cosmetics giant Shiseido's advertising campaign.

This was a primer for Tina's future status as a major fashion icon of the 1980s. She married restaurateur Michael Chow in 1972, and had two children with him: China Chow (born in 1974), who is now an up-and-coming actress, and Maximillian (born in 1977). Throughout their marriage Tina helped Michael run his successful restaurant chain, "Mr. Chow's", and enjoyed the benefits of fame and celebrity. The couple lived an elite and exciting nightlife, and were considered to be quite prominent in the New York art world (artist friends included the late Keith Haring, Andy Warhol and Jean Michel Basquiat).

Tina Chow, Never to be forgotten...Like the rising of the moon...Gone too soon...

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