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.