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Join Date: Sep 2003
Location: Hong Kong
Given how enduring her influence has been, it surprising to realize Tina
Chow was never a mainstream beauty. Half Japanese, half German-American, she
started modeling as a teen (and did so sporadically her entire life), but it
wasn until she moved to New York in the early seventies and became a
Warhol-circle regular that her personal style gelled. Chow loved fashion and
wore it with elan. She amassed a legendary collection of vintage clothing
and counted Manolo Blahnik and Antonio Lopez among her closest friends. But
it was her innate skill at pared-down elegance that still entrances: sleek,
clipped hair, minimal makeup, a daily uniform of white T-shirts, black Kenzo
trousers, and maybe one of her bamboo-wrapped crystal jewels. Proof that, as
Yves Saint Laurent said, "fashion fades; style is eternal."
what do you think about her?
Chow, wearing the classic Asian cheongsam, photographed by Cecil
Beaton in 1973.
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