Sylvester Yiu is a fashion stylist, creative director and consultant. Working between London and LA, Sylvester's knack for evocative storytelling has earned him work with clients such as i-D magazine and Louis Vuitton.
Meet Sylvester Yiu
In what unusual places do you find inspiration?
I am very inspired by music and theatre. I travel regularly between London and LA and they both have very different music scenes, but that's the beauty of music. One second I feel like classical and the next I feel like K-pop—representing these ideas in a visual (styling) way is always interesting to me.
You can work with one designer and one of their collections, who are you picking?
Marc Jacobs, hands down. I would love to style his Louis Vuitton SS2008 collection. It is my absolute favourite collection to date. It was the first time I visually saw how 'art' and 'fashion' can truly work together—from the artist's mind to the designer's approach to clothing, colour, silhouettes, etc.
Who is your dream client?
If I could style one person, I’d pick Pennywise. He’s fascinating because, out of everything he found on earth, he decided to be a clown!
How do you want your work to be remembered?
Of course, whatever I do in the present is driven by what is currently in fashion but I hope I can look back at my work after a few years (which I actually do) and still think it works!
We asked Sylvester to share his 'bucket list concept'—the creative vision that he hopes to one day bring to life...
One day I walked past 'Sylvester Street' in London and I thought, 'Wouldn't it be cool to have a full editorial of models being shot at their namesake streets/roads?' This could take place all over the world! Foreign names, on foreign streets in foreign languages—it would be a long process to cast and organise locations etc. but how cool would that be!?
Dictionary definition of this concept: one that is excessively self-absorbed.