Saturday, April 24, 2010

To know is to love

Tina Chow: Ultimate style icon. Timeless, effortless, and mesmerizing.

"Tina Chow (April 18, 1950–January 24, 1992) was an internationally renowned model and a fashion icon in the 1980s. She was also a member of the International Best Dressed List. In 1972, Tina married Michael Chow, who owns the Mr. Chow restaurant chain. During her model career she was photographed by Cecil Beaton and Arthur Elgort. 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. During an estrangement from Chow, she had affairs with Richard Gere and a bisexual French fashion arbiter Kim d’Estainville. From d’Estainville, she contracted HIV, becoming one of the first heterosexual women to become infected with the disease that would eventually end her life. Her couture collection was sold in 1993 by Christie's in New York. 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."

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