While the West has seen its fair share of celebrity stylists, no one in Asia comes close to Hong Kong’s Titi Kwan. While his name may not ring many bells, people will definitely recognise his most famous client, pop diva Faye Wong. For more than 15 years, the pair have collaborated on show-stopping and edgy looks that have earned Wong the moniker of ‘Madonna of the East’.
It was the mid-1990s, and Kwan was looking for an artist to feature in a new fashion magazine, so he made an appointment with Wong’s management team. While locals were wearing late '80s bling, Wong and Kwan bonded over young and edgy names such as Dries Van Noten, Helmut Lang and Martin Margiela, who were just starting out.
'The first outfit was a Versace dress mixed with flip flops - plastic ones that were very Chinese looking,’ Kwan says. 'It was a shock to most people, but she was happy with it. The vibe between us was right. She was such a nice person and the opposite of what I expected. She wasn’t an ice queen; she was a warm person.’
Since then, Kwan has worked almost exclusively for Wong.