On November 3, Canto-pop heartthrob Hins Cheung’s bridalwear brand Sennet Frères launched the world’s first couture collection inspired by Disney princesses. The “fairy godmother” who conjured up 28 elaborate wedding and evening gowns—slim or voluminous, some swathed with crystals, some embracing the cosiness of velvet, some covered in delicate lace—is Hong Kong fashion designer Kev Yiu, who has been a long-time friend of and costume designer for Cheung.
The Sennet Frères creative director has been designing wedding gowns for two decades. When Yiu was studying fashion design in London, his tutor was a corset specialist, who taught him how to create tailored pieces that best complement a women’s figure. Yiu brought the technique back to Hong Kong, and uses it to create close-fitting wedding gowns which at the same time play with volume.
We asked Yiu to share a typical day in his life as a fashion designer.
I never tried to set anything fancy on my phone; anything that wakes me up will do, usually it’s a standard ringtone. Then I pop to the pantry for a big mug of black tea or coffee with supplements. I am currently on an 8/16 diet, which means having an eight-hour window in which to eat, and fasting the remaining 16 hours of the day. Skipping breakfast helps my inner system detox.
My cats are my morning companions. I make sure they all have their morning treats before I start my work.