New Zealand-born British journalist Hilary Alexander passed away on Feb. 5, her 77th birthday.
Alexander was the fashion director of the Daily Telegraph for 26 years. She became the honorary president of the Graduate Fashion Foundation in 2019. She was named the British Fashion Awards’ journalist of the year twice, in 1997 and 2003.
Business of Fashion reports, “Alexander was a frequent fashion commentator for the BBC, published a book based on her favourite print, ‘Leopard: Fashion’s Most Powerful Print,’ in 2018 and was serving as editor-at-large for Hello Fashion Monthly at the time of her death. She played a crucial role in growing the Graduate Fashion Foundation’s annual young designers showcase, Graduate Fashion Week.
“As part of her role as the foundation’s honorary president, she did university visits to scout young talent and advised young designers around the world. She also served as a trustee for the charity.”