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August 1 2014

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China Chow’s Wearable Art

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“Fashion and art don’t always converge, but when they do, it’s fantastic,” says China Chow, the host and judge of Bravo’s series Work of Art (think Project Runway for visual artists). For Chow, the two worlds have always been intrinsically linked. She grew up in the eighties hanging around the likes of Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat, who were friends with her parents: restaurateur and art collector Michael Chow and the late style icon Tina Chow. These days, Chow continues to blend her two passions on Work of Art, which premieres its second season tonight.

As an avid fashion enthusiast, Chow is very particular when it comes to what she wears on the show and styles herself throughout the series. She chose 18 of the 22 looks filmed this season by reportedly mining the Style.com archives and her own closet (she brought in a vintage Alaïa skirt and Comme des Garçons trousers, among other pieces). Chow gave Style.com an exclusive sneak peak of a few of her season two outfits, including the one she will wear tonight: a hand-dyed and ruched minidress from Juan Carlos Obando’s Spring 2010 collection (above).

Episode 4, Stella McCartney Resort 2011
“What attracted me to this dress was the architectural detail in the back. I call it my ‘jet pack dress’ because while I was wearing it, I kept jumping in the air like a rocket about to launch.”

Episode 7, Rodarte Fall 2009
“I am a huge Rodarte fan. I think they make wearable art. This dress, for example, is a collage of textures, textiles, and sheens. The result is so conceptually and visually compelling.”

Episode 10 (finale), Chanel Pre-Fall 2009
“This dress is both graphic and very romantic. The top half is covered in thousands of black and white patent leather discs, and the bottom is made of soft tulle. I love that kind of unusual juxtaposition.”

Photos: Collage 1: Courtesy of Bravo; Courtesy of China Chow; Marcio Madeira / Style.com; Collage 2: Courtesy of Bravo; Courtesy of China Chow; Courtesy of Stella McCartney; Collage 3: Courtesy of Bravo; Courtesy of China Chow; Marcio Madeira / Style.com; Collage 4: Left and Center, Courtesy of Bravo; Courtesy of Chanel

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