This is my series devoted to the real life models who became Rootstein mannequins. The mannequins are also dressed in attire that provides a little bit of fashion history.
This is Tina Lutz Chow. Very few images of the mannequin version are available online.
Tina was of Japanese and German descent. She looks a lot more Eurasian in the photographs than the mannequin that Rootstein designed after her. In my eyes, the mannequin version resembles Betty Boop.
The world of fashion had been preoccupied with blond, long-haired models Anglo models throughout the late 1960’s. But her Eurasian looks and androgynous style had a major impact and bringing change to the fashion industry.
Chow was cited by fashion magazines for her unique style and her collection of Mariano Fortuny dresses. She routinely paired inexpensive items with high fashion pieces and mixed feminine and masculine styles simultaneously.
Chow was also noted for her short Eton crop hairstyle which she had cut at a New York barbershop and styled with Dippity Do. In 1985, she was named on the International Best Dressed List.
Tina was married to Michael Chow of the famous restaurant chain. For more info about Tina, check out this article: https://www.scmp.com/…/remembering-tina-chow-style-icon-70s…
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