Hilary Alexander is remembered as a fashion icon
Hilary Alexander, a fashion writer and broadcaster who is credited with coining the phrase “supermodel,” has passed away at the age of 77.
She spent her entire life observing the fashion industry before passing away on her birthday on Sunday.
Edward Enninful, the chief editor of British Vogue, recalled: “I remember she was really kind to me when I was first starting out in the industry.
“Everybody wanted to read what she had to say about fashion, but also she was hilarious, you could always feel her energy. She was so alive.”
She was a wonderful guest on Lorraine Kelly’s show and always “wise, kind, and always on top of her game,” according to the broadcaster.
She was described as “the embodiment of wonderful enthusiasm and hard effort” by fashion designer Zandra Rhodes.
She continued, “She never gave up on a story and the supporting research. The void she has left behind will never be filled.”
Daphne Guiness, a fellow designer, called her “a fantastic writer of fashion.”
Alexander, who was born in New Zealand, began his career as a writer when she was 16 years old. He joined the Daily Telegraph in 1985 and held the position for more than 25 years.
She also regularly appeared on television, where she worked as a stylist for the 2005 and 2006 seasons of Britain’s Next Top Model before returning for the 2016 season.