|Born||Bettina Louise Lutz
April 18, 1950
|Died||January 24, 1992
Pacific Palisades, California
Chow was born Bettina Louise Lutz; in Lakeview, Ohio. Her father, Walter Edmund Lutz, was an American of German descent, while her mother, Mona Lutz (née Furuki), was Japanese. Walter Lutz met Mona Furuki on Christmas Day 1945, while serving with the United States Army in occupied Japan. Chow's sister is actress Adelle "Bonnie" Lutz. In the mid-1960s, the family moved from Ohio to Japan, where both sisters were discovered by a modeling agent and became the faces of Japanese cosmetic line Shisheido and featured prominently in their ad campaigns from the early 1970s.
Michael and Tina Chow were friends of Andy Warhol, Keith Haring, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Julian Schnabel, Mary Boone, and Henry Geldzahler. She was also a friend of Paloma Picasso and Manolo Blahnik. She was drawn by illustrator Antonio Lopez. as well as painted by Andy Warhol.
During the late 1980s Tina Chow designed and produced several collections of jewelry. Using rock crystal, gold, silver, wood, bamboo, and silk cording, she created remarkably beautiful pieces which were considered cutting edge at the time. In 1987, the first collection was sold at Bergdorf-Goodman in New York, Maxfield’s in Los Angeles, at Ultimo in Chicago, and later (from 1988) at Gallerie Naila Monbrison in Paris. Perhaps one of the best known pieces in the collection is the “Kyoto Bracelet,” which is a woven bamboo bangle which encases seven rough rock crystals or rose quartzes in their natural form. The crystals, left loose inside the bamboo casing, rattle around as the wearer moves about. For the bamboo wrapping and basketry work in the collection Tina enlisted Kosuge Shochikudo, one of Japan’s master craftsmen in the art of bamboo. In April 1988, designer Calvin Klein accessorized the showing of his Fall/Winter 1988/89 collection with Tina Chow’s jewelry.
Chow died of AIDS on 24 January 1992, at the age of 41. She spent her last days at her home in Pacific Palisades, California.
Her couture collection was sold in 1993 by Christie's in New York.
- According to the State of California. California Death Index, 1940–1997. Center for Health Statistics, California Department of Health Services, Sacramento, California. Searchable at http://www.ancestry.com/
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