Born in New Zealand, Hilary is a cat-lover, walker, and passionate traveller.
She trained as a news journalist in New Zealand before moving to Hong Kong in 1969, where she worked at the China Mail as the Fashion Editor. Hilary moved to the United Kingdom in 1982.
Hilary Alexander was the Fashion Director of The Daily Telegraph
for 26 years. During her years at the Telegraph she organised and
styled shoots all over the world, including Easter Island, Kazakhstan,
Bhutan, Mongolia, Peru, Cambodia, Guatemala, Sri Lanka and Kenya.
Hilary has extensive broadcast experience that includes three years on BBC 2’s Style Challenge, regular appearances on GMTV, Lorraine Kelly, BBC Breakfast and various documentaries for BBC1, BBC2 and Channel 4, as well as the fashion stylist for the first season of Britain's Next top model. She has also appeared in national channels in Germany, France, Spain, Russia and China. She has appeared on The Weakest Link and is regularly interviewed for major fashion cable channels including Fashion File, Fashion TV and Video Fashion as well as for major radio stations. She is the regular stylist and presenter for the Designer Catwalk shows at the annual Clotheshow Live in Birmingham. Hilary was the featured stylist in the Living TV series “Britain’s Next Top Model” in 2005 and 2006 and also appears in the latest series.
Hilary has twice been awarded the British Fashion Journalist of the Year at the British Fashion Awards, in 1998, and 2003. She has also been awarded the title Visiting Professor by the University of the Arts, London (which includes central Saint Martins and the London College of Fashion), and an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Design (DDes) from Nottingham Trent University.
Hilary is valued as a judge on various panels including the Scottish Fashion Awards, the Bright Young Gems at International Jewellery London, and the Ethical Fashion Forum, and is a member of the British Fashion Council’s Management Committee and Press Committee.
She also works as a stylist and presenter for fashion and charity events including the Designer Wedding Show, Fashion for the Brave in conjunction with the Household Cavalry, and the Breast Cancer Care charity gala.
Hilary retired from The Daily Telegraph at the end of June 2011, but continues to write for the paper and the fashion website on a regular basis. She is hoping to go to Cambridge to study archaeology.
In June 2011, The British Fashion Council and The Telegraph hosted a party in celebration of Hilary Alexander's career in fashion at the St Pancras Renaissance Hotel.
Hilary Alexander image gallery
Image gallery from the event
Press release from the event
Video highlights from the evening
Specially commisioned tribute video