Legendary fashion journalist Hilary Alexander dies on her 77th birthday

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Legendary fashion journalist and former fashion director for The Daily Telegraph, Hilary Alexander, has died. She passed away on her 77th birthday last week.

Alexander moved to the UK from New Zealand in 1982, first writing for the women’s page at The Daily Telegraph and then making a name for herself in the fashion industry. Over the years, the editor has twice been awarded Journalist of the Year at the British Fashion Awards (in 1997 and 2003) and then received an OBE in the 2013 Birthday Honors list, for her services to journalism. Fashion.

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Julia Robson, who worked closely with Alexander for more than 20 years, describes her as a “Fleet Street fashion legend and totally unique”, adding that she was “most famous for always having history first and working tirelessly in what he wanted”. she saw as the beautiful craft of fashion journalism.”

“She always knew what was going on before anyone else,” Robson recalls. “Whether it was the latest pop group or the ‘it’ girl. People would ask me why I continued to work with her, first as her fashion assistant and then as a deputy, because she was incredibly demanding, but wherever she was you could guarantee Fashion”. was happening around her. You looked to the side and there was John Galliano turning up for coffee. In Paris, Isabella Bow would join us for dinner. We would go to a Versace party and end up dancing with Britney Spears in front of Donatella. room.”

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Hilary Alexander and John Galliano in 1997 Dave Benett-Getty Images

Robson began working with Alexander when she was 21 and still studying fashion at London’s Central St Martins. “All my friends wanted to date her,” Robson tells Bazaar. “She loved being with the young, but she really loved all ages equally. She was ahead of her time.”

She continues: “I was interested in inclusion and diversity in fashion long before anyone else caught up. She never saw skin color, or what class you were, as there was a hierarchy in fashion at the time. and an aristocracy that dominated the glossy magazines.” She just overcame all of that and was proud of her Kiwi roots and had no time for pretentious people or cared where someone was from. She had a wicked sense of humor and when she caught the scent of someone, she sensed that she had talent, she would go crazy to help them, she is the one responsible for boosting the careers of so many.

“Even though she was tough, you knew the reason she was demanding was because of her professionalism. Ultimately, if you worked for her, you were on the A-team for fashion.”

Our thoughts are with Hilary’s friends and family.

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