Adelle Lutz

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Adelle Lutz (born 1948) is an American artist, designer, and actress, most known for work using unconventional materials and strategies to explore clothing as a communicative medium. She first gained attention for the surreal “Urban Camouflage” costumes featured in David Byrne’s film True Stories (1986). Between 1983–6, she designed costumes for the Talking Heads videos “Burning Down the House,” “This Must Be the Place (Naive Melody),” “Road to Nowhere,” and “Love For Sale.”

Lutz was born in Lakewood, Ohio in 1948. Her parents were Walter Lutz, an American businessman in international trade, and Mona Miwako Furuki, a native of Japan who studied couture; they met in occupied Japan on Christmas Day 1945, while Walter served with the United States Army.

She’s appear in the following films:

  • Something Wild (1986)
  • Wall Street (1987)
  • Beetlejuice (1998)
  • Dead Funny (1994)
  • Beyond Rangoon (1995)

Lutz was married to David Byrne, from the band Talking Heads, with whom she has a daughter, Malu, born in 1989. Lutz and Byrne are divorced.

Lutz is the aunt of China Chow and sister of model Tina Chow.