Muses

Tina Chow (1950 - 1992)

Bettina Louise Lutz was born in the United States from a German-American father and a Japanese mother.  From the end of the 1960s, Tina Lutz became a popular model, the face of Shiseido, Yves Saint Laurent and Issey Miyake while she collaborated with Helmut Newton and Cecil Beaton. When she married the British-Chinese restaurant star, Michael Chow, she was propelled on the 1980s party scene that she mesmerized with her glamorous and androgynous style, combining vintage and contemporary garments along with masculine and feminine aesthetics with her mannish blazers, her Eton crop and her elfin charm: 'It's not about fashion. It's about having a bit of wit and humour and fun'. At the end of the 1980s, after her divorce from Michael Chow, Tina Chow turned to jewellery design and became an active Aids philanthropist while she shared a strong interest in Tibetan Buddhism with her lover Richard Gere. The muse who had been depicted by Antonio Lopez and Andy Warhol, ironically herself contracted the AIDS disease from which she died, symbolizing the end of an excessive party decade and an early publicised case of heterosexual transmission of the illness.

Tina Chow by Antonio Lopez, 1977
Tina Chow by Antonio Lopez, 1977
Tina Chow by Antonio Lopez, 1977
Tina Chow by Antonio Lopez, 1977
Tina Chow by Antonio Lopez, 1977
Tina Chow by Antonio Lopez, 1977
Tina Chow by Herb Ritts, 1988
Tina Chow by Herb Ritts, 1988
Tina Chow by Herb Ritts, 1988
Tina Chow by Herb Ritts, 1988
Tina Chow by Herb Ritts, 1988
Tina Chow by Herb Ritts, 1988
Tina Chow, 1980s
Tina Chow, 1980s
Fran Lebowitz and Tina Chow wearing evening gown by Zandra Rhodes, photographed by Roxanne Lowit, 1980
Fran Lebowitz and Tina Chow wearing evening gown by Zandra Rhodes, photographed by Roxanne Lowit, 1980
Adelle Lutz and Tina Chow by Francesco Scavullo, 1979
Adelle Lutz and Tina Chow by Francesco Scavullo, 1979
Adelle Lutz and Tina Chow by Francesco Scavullo, 1979
Adelle Lutz and Tina Chow by Francesco Scavullo, 1979
Tina Chow , from Red Coat series by Antonio Lopez, 1975
Tina Chow , from Red Coat series by Antonio Lopez, 1975
Tina Chow, ca. 1980
Tina Chow, ca. 1980
China Chow, Tina Chow, Mona Miyako Lutz, Malu Byrne and Adele Lutz by Bob Frame, 1990
China Chow, Tina Chow, Mona Miyako Lutz, Malu Byrne and Adele Lutz by Bob Frame, 1990
Andy Warhol, Portrait of Tina Chow, 1985
Andy Warhol, Portrait of Tina Chow, 1985
Tina Chow by Tony Viramontes, 1980s
Tina Chow by Tony Viramontes, 1980s
Tina Chow by David Seidner, 1983
Tina Chow by David Seidner, 1983
Tina Chow by David Seidner, ca. 1978
Tina Chow by David Seidner, ca. 1978
Tina Chow by David Seidner, 1982
Tina Chow by David Seidner, 1982
Tina Chow by Andy Warhol, 1985
Tina Chow by Andy Warhol, 1985
Tina Chow by Andy Warhol, 1985
Tina Chow by Andy Warhol, 1985
Tina Chow by Andy Warhol, 1985
Tina Chow by Andy Warhol, 1985
Tina Chow by Andy Warhol, 1985
Tina Chow by Andy Warhol, 1985
Temple Ring designed by Tina Chow, 1987
Temple Ring designed by Tina Chow, 1987
Tina Chow in a 1953 ivory silk satin evening coat with gilt embroidery and gold leather appliqués by Balenciaga, photographed by David Seidner, 1987
Tina Chow in a 1953 ivory silk satin evening coat with gilt embroidery and gold leather appliqués by Balenciaga, photographed by David Seidner, 1987
Tina Chow in a 1951 black silk faille evening coat by Balenciaga, photographed by David Seidner, 1987
Tina Chow in a 1951 black silk faille evening coat by Balenciaga, photographed by David Seidner, 1987
Tina Chow with her collection of vintage Fortunys, 1970s
Tina Chow with her collection of vintage Fortunys, 1970s
Tina Chow and Treat Williams by Andy Warhol, 1980s
Tina Chow and Treat Williams by Andy Warhol, 1980s
Michael and Tina Chow, by Antonio Lopez & Juan Ramos, 1975
Michael and Tina Chow, by Antonio Lopez & Juan Ramos, 1975
Tina Chow, Pencil and watercolor on paper by Antonio Lopez for Vogue, 1984
Tina Chow, Pencil and watercolor on paper by Antonio Lopez for Vogue, 1984
Tina Chow in Issey Miyake, photographed by Marcus Leatherdale, 1983
Tina Chow in Issey Miyake, photographed by Marcus Leatherdale, 1983
Tina Chow, Promotional for Gap, photographed by Herb Ritts, 1989
Tina Chow, Promotional for Gap, photographed by Herb Ritts, 1989
Tina Chow, Kenny Scharf and Keith Haring by Andy Warhol, ca. 1984
Tina Chow, Kenny Scharf and Keith Haring by Andy Warhol, ca. 1984
Tina Chow in 1938 Schiaparelli and her white gold Cartier bangles, photographed by Alice Springs, 1986
Tina Chow in 1938 Schiaparelli and her white gold Cartier bangles, photographed by Alice Springs, 1986
Tina Chow in a 1948 blue silk satin evening coat by Christian Dior, photographed by Alice Springs, 1986
Tina Chow in a 1948 blue silk satin evening coat by Christian Dior, photographed by Alice Springs, 1986
Tina Chow by Alice Springs, 1986
Tina Chow by Alice Springs, 1986
Tina Chow by David Seidner,  ca. 1988
Tina Chow by David Seidner, ca. 1988
Tina Chow by Tony Viramontes, 1980s
Tina Chow by Tony Viramontes, 1980s
Tina Chow by Helmut Newton for Vogue, 1987
Tina Chow by Helmut Newton for Vogue, 1987
Tina Chow by Helmut Newton for Vogue, 1987
Tina Chow by Helmut Newton for Vogue, 1987
Tina Chow wearing jewellery of her own design, photographed by David Seidner, 1988
Tina Chow wearing jewellery of her own design, photographed by David Seidner, 1988
Tina Chow wearing jewellery of her own design, photographed by David Seidner, 1988
Tina Chow wearing jewellery of her own design, photographed by David Seidner, 1988
Tina Chow, from Red Coat series by Antonio Lopez, 1975
Tina Chow, from Red Coat series by Antonio Lopez, 1975
Tina Chow in Issey Miyake, photographed by Marcus Leatherdale, 1983
Tina Chow in Issey Miyake, photographed by Marcus Leatherdale, 1983
Nick Rhodes, Tina Chow and Andy Warhol during Andy Warhol's 58th Birthday Party at Mr. Chow's Restaurant in New York, photographed by Ron Galella, 1985
Nick Rhodes, Tina Chow and Andy Warhol during Andy Warhol's 58th Birthday Party at Mr. Chow's Restaurant in New York, photographed by Ron Galella, 1985
Tina Chow in Chanel, photographed by David Seidner, 1984
Tina Chow in Chanel, photographed by David Seidner, 1984
Tina Chow and Nick Rhodes by Tony Viramontes, 1985
Tina Chow and Nick Rhodes by Tony Viramontes, 1985
Tina Chow by Arthur Elgort for Vogue, 1984
Tina Chow by Arthur Elgort for Vogue, 1984
Tina Chow by Tony Viramontes, 1984
Tina Chow by Tony Viramontes, 1984
Tina Chow, Promotional for Japanese make up Shiseido Pink Pow-Wow, 1969
Tina Chow, Promotional for Japanese make up Shiseido Pink Pow-Wow, 1969
Tina Chow and Michael Chow, 1979
Tina Chow and Michael Chow, 1979
Tina Chow and Andre Leon Talley by Andy Warhol, 1980
Tina Chow and Andre Leon Talley by Andy Warhol, 1980
Tina Chow by Eric Boman , 1988
Tina Chow by Eric Boman , 1988
Tina Chow by Sheila Metzner, 1970s
Tina Chow by Sheila Metzner, 1970s
Tina Chow as Pierrot by Steven Meisel for Vogue, 1989
Tina Chow as Pierrot by Steven Meisel for Vogue, 1989
Marie Helvin, Tina Chow and Michael Chow by Richard Young, 1985
Marie Helvin, Tina Chow and Michael Chow by Richard Young, 1985
Kyoto Bamboo and Rose Quartz Bracelet designed by Tina Chow, 1987-1988
Kyoto Bamboo and Rose Quartz Bracelet designed by Tina Chow, 1987-1988
Tina Chow in Chanel, photographed by David Seidner, 1983
Tina Chow in Chanel, photographed by David Seidner, 1983
Tina Chow and Michael Chow by Helmut Newton, 1984
Tina Chow and Michael Chow by Helmut Newton, 1984
Tina Chow by Michael Roberts, 1987
Tina Chow by Michael Roberts, 1987
Tina Chow by Antonio Lopez, 1980s
Tina Chow by Antonio Lopez, 1980s
Tina Chow by Cecil Beaton, 1973
Tina Chow by Cecil Beaton, 1973
Tina Chow, 1980s
Tina Chow, 1980s
Karl Lagerfeld and Tina Chow, ca. 1987
Karl Lagerfeld and Tina Chow, ca. 1987
Tina Chow by Cecil Beaton, 1973
Tina Chow by Cecil Beaton, 1973
Tina Chow and Jean-Michel Basquiat by Patrick McMullan, ca. 1986
Tina Chow and Jean-Michel Basquiat by Patrick McMullan, ca. 1986
Tina Chow by David Seidner, ca. 1978
Tina Chow by David Seidner, ca. 1978
Tina Chow by David Bailey for Vogue, 1976
Tina Chow by David Bailey for Vogue, 1976
Tina Chow by Arthur Elgort, 1982
Tina Chow by Arthur Elgort, 1982
Tina Chow in Yves Saint Laurent, 1970s
Tina Chow in Yves Saint Laurent, 1970s
Tina Chow in Chanel by Karl Lagerfeld, photographed by Peter Schlesinger, 1983
Tina Chow in Chanel by Karl Lagerfeld, photographed by Peter Schlesinger, 1983
Tina Chow by Bob Colacello, ca. 1975
Tina Chow by Bob Colacello, ca. 1975
Tina Chow by Antonio Lopez, 1977
Tina Chow by Antonio Lopez, 1977
Tina Chow by Tony Viramontes, 1980s
Tina Chow by Tony Viramontes, 1980s
Tina Chow by Cecil Beaton, 1973
Tina Chow by Cecil Beaton, 1973
Tina Chow by Tony Viramontes, 1980s
Tina Chow by Tony Viramontes, 1980s
Tina Chow by Tony Viramontes, 1980s
Tina Chow by Tony Viramontes, 1980s
Julian Schnabel, Portrait of Tina Chow, 1987
Julian Schnabel, Portrait of Tina Chow, 1987
Tina Chow by Andy Warhol, ca. 1985
Tina Chow by Andy Warhol, ca. 1985
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