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17-12-2006
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In the 80s erstwhile gay men would slick and side-part their cropped hair, don white Ts, men's cardigans, Kenzo-like flat front pants and ballet flats and exclaim: "Today I'm Tina Chow!"
Their inspiration, the model/jewelery designer/fashion collector/ icon Tina Chow often paired this uniform with her own bamboo and crystal jewelery designs, and chunky metallic or clear lucite cuffs.
Her phenomenal 'less is more' style ethos put her on a myriad of 'International Best Dressed Lists' and she was on par as a fashion icon with such luminaries as Jackie Onassis, Babe Paley, The Duchess of Windsor and Helene Rochas et al.
Her private couture collection is now legendary and was curated by FIT's Harold Koda after Tina Chow's death in January 1992 and in a fashion tome, 'Flair: Fashion Collected by Tina Chow.' Chow's covetable collection included Balenciaga, Fortuny, Yves Saint Laurent, Madame Gres, Balmain and others.
Tina Chow was born Bettina Louise Lutz in 1951; her father was a German-American and her mother was Japanese Her sister is actress Adelle "Bonnie" Lutz married to Talking Head's David Byrne.
In 1972 Tina married Michael Chow who owns the Mr. Chow restaurant chain.
They have two children, a daughter named China and son Maxmillian. China, born in 1974 is also a model and an actress but does not have Tina's innate style. Maxmillian was born in 1977
Michael and Tina Chow were among the most famous New York celebrities, making many friends among the Big Apple's art world, including Andy Warhol Keith Haring Jean-Michel Basquiat Julian Schnabel, Mary Boone, and Henry Geldzahler.
Tina modelled for Shisheido, YSL etc, and was photographed by David Seidner ;Alice Springs, Andy Warhol and Eric Boman et al.
Tina contracted HIV from bisexual international playboy Kim d'Estainvile and admitted that she had "been naughty" and died of AIDS on 24 January 1992 at the age of 41; she spent her last days at her home in Pacific Palisades, California.


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In the 80s erstwhile gay men would slick and side-part their cropped hair, don white Ts, men's cardigans, Kenzo-like flat front pants and ballet flats and exclaim: "Today I'm Tina Chow!"Their inspiration, the model/jewelery designer/fashion collector/ icon Tina Chow often paired this uniform with her own bamboo and crystal jewelery designs, and chunky metallic or clear lucite cuffs.
Her phenomenal 'less is more' style ethos put her on a myriad of 'International Best Dressed Lists' and she was on par as a fashion icon with such luminaries as Jackie Onassis, Babe Paley, The Duchess of Windsor and Helene Rochas et al.
Her private couture collection is now legendary and was curated by FIT's Harold Koda after Tina Chow's death in January 1992 and in a fashion tome, 'Flair: Fashion Collected by Tina Chow.' Chow's covetable collection included Paul Poiret, Cristobal Balenciaga, Mario Fortuny, Yves Saint Laurent, Madame Gres, Romeo Gigli, Azzedine Alaia, Pierre Balmain and others.
Tina Chow was born Bettina Louise Lutz in 1951; her father was a German-American and her mother was Japanese Her sister is actress Adelle "Bonnie" Lutz married to Talking Head's David Byrne.
In 1972 Tina married Michael Chow who owns the Mr. Chow restaurant chain.
They have two children, a daughter named China and son Maxmillian. China, born in 1974 is also a model and an actress but does not have Tina's innate style. Maxmillian was born in 1977
Michael and Tina Chow were among the most famous New York celebrities, making many friends among the Big Apple's art world, including Andy Warhol Keith Haring Jean-Michel Basquiat Julian Schnabel, Mary Boone, and Henry Geldzahler.
Tina modelled for Shisheido, YSL etc, and was photographed by David Seidner ;Alice Springs, Andy Warhol and Eric Boman et al.
Tina contracted HIV from bisexual international playboy Kim d'Estainvile and admitted that she had "been naughty" and died of AIDS on 24 January 1992 at the age of 41; she spent her last days at her home in Pacific Palisades, California.[/quote]

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i have always been fascinated by tina chow. i was lucky enough to recently acquire a signed crystal necklace! it is beautiful... i will post pix for you.

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i have always been fascinated by tina chow. i was lucky enough to recently acquire a signed crystal necklace! it is beautiful... i will post pix for you.
I cannot wait to see them!

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I cannot wait to see them!
Wow!
Where did you acquire it from? Is it a bamboo crystal necklace which was her signature? I know until the late 1990s Bergdorf's NYC was carrying Tina's stuff. It's funny. I recently asked a FIT historian on the IQONS website to let me know if she knew if Chow's jewellery was still available. And here you are to tell us!
We're looking forward to your post and pic!

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i was very lucky. i got it from someone who originally purchased it in late 80's from maxfield in bev hills. it is not the classic bamboo wrapped crystal, but one very large crystal about 3 1/2 inches long and 1 inch wide at widest point set with black suede running through middle. it is a very unusual piecefor her and i just love it. it is very hard to find her stuff.

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china looks so much like her

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here is my tina chow crystal necklace which i purchased from the original owner who got it at maxfield's bev hills in the mid-80's. it came with the original ivory box with tina chow's signature in black letters on the inside of lid. it has tina chow engraved on top of crystal in capital letters. pix would not capture this. it is set on a black suede cord.
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Thank you for posting your divine crystal!
It's very Tina and very 80s!
Enjoy and be protected by Tina's alluring aura!
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thank you zurain!! i just love it and as a reiki master as well as fashionista, i am really enjoying the piece. i hope to be able to aquire other tina chow pieces in the futue if the universe provides.

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If you locate other Tina Chow pieces you better inform me as well (LOL).
I am one of her most frenzied fans!
Zurain
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28-03-2007
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If you locate other Tina Chow pieces you better inform me as well (LOL).
I am one of her most frenzied fans!
Zurain

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have you seen any of tina's jewelry IRL?

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Well I lived in New York during the time Tina was a huge fashionista there. I last saw Tina's bamboo and crystal jewelry in 1992, the year she died.
I asked a fashion expert at FIT to locate more for me.
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