I LOVE shopping and try to go whenever I've got the time. Especially shopping in weird places for old, second-hand antiques. During Chinese New Year I travelled to the Shanghai countryside and picked up some beautiful, ornate things; antique silver carved belts, really nice combs. I buy antiques from everywhere. Whenever I'm on holiday, whether to South America, Brazil or South-East Asia I'll go to the villages and ask them where I can get'old things. I very rarely buy in shops, unless I'm buying groceries or shoes. Often dealer friends let me have a look at their stock before they sell to Sothebys and Christie's and friends on Hollywood Road let me buy before they add their mark-up. I also have relatives in China who bring things out for me. I've actually got so much stuff that I'm going to have to get rid of some of it! I'm opening up a store in London at the end of this month selling Chinese antiques from my personal collection. I've called it Tian Art after my Chinese name; Cheong Tian. I've been looking a place like this since I was a child at The Royal Ballet School in England. My family didn't want to rent so they bought the whole five-floor building for $20,000,000. I'll be selling Chinese paintings but not my Western stuff because I don't want to part with those. However, the most expensive thing I've ever bought was an ink and wash painting by Hong Hau, a Chinese artist from Beijing. I'll also be selling Chinese cheong-sams in my new shop. David [Tang] does happy coats in their thousands but mine will be more couture. I like collecting for the sake of collecting, especially antique European purses. I've been collecting them since I was a child and have around 50 of them dating from the 16th century onwards. I have purses from England, France, Germany, Vienna and Russia and engraved silver purses that belonged to Count this and Baron that. When I was at school I'd spend my whole month's allowance on purses instead of eating! If there's anything I buy too much of it's silver things. In Russia they have these huge silver frames, beautifully carved, the like of which you'd expect to find in a palace. They're so intricate but they're only selling them for a few thousand dollars. I actually can't use them in my house but I'm storing them for when I live in a castle. I'll be like Sleeping Beauty in a fairy-tale castle! I like to buy everything for Pavlova myself; buttons, zips, fabrics and linings to accessories, shoes, bags and fur coats. My fabrics are sourced mainly from Europe but also Korea and Japan. It's not as expensive as people think to put on a collection. I'd say I spend $30,000 on average for a show featuring 30 outfits. I make the outfits look more expensive by styling with my own antique accessories. I like all kinds of shopping, even supermarket shopping in Park'n Shop! But I like to go with the maid and buy fresh fruit, vegetables and fish from the markets. I buy salmon, mackerel and yellowtail, fish that isn't fattening. I rarely buy chicken, beef or pork as I'm a bit of a vegetarian - not religiously, just healthily. My favourite places to buy clothes are all those second-hand stores in London; Petticoat Lane, King's Road. Hong Kong's second-hand stores are just stocked by celebrities selling off their own clothes. What I go for is antique clothes. I studied costume design in London and now design costumes for operas and ballets. At the moment I'm doing Romeo and Juliet in China. That has led to my new interest in Chinese costume from the Ching, Ming, Yung and Sung dynasties. I get my shoes mainly from Europe because I find the shoes here too funky. I buy a lot of my shoes from Manolo Blahnik because I have very pointed feet and I also like Prada. My favourite designer is Jean-Paul Gaultier because his clothes are so costume-like and I really respect Vivienne Westwood because she's so traditional. I'm not a very good shopper because I'm very basic in my style and I don't spend much on myself, only about $50,000 to $100,000 a month. I manufacture clothes for a living so I don't really go shopping in brand-name shops. But if I do, and say I like a pair of slacks, I'll usually get them in three colours. For instance this blouse that I have on at the moment, I had made in four colours; beige, grey, pink and white! I never go shopping for tights because I buy them all wholesale, 100 pairs at a time, ten of each colour; light beige, dark beige, tan, taupe, brown, light greys, dark greys, black...it's very functional. I don't want to buy two pairs, wear them out, then go and buy another two pairs. That wastes too much time. I'd never spend an afternoon shopping around because I know exactly what I want. Saying that, I do think shopping is crucial to a person's life. It keeps me happy and healthy!