Born in New Zealand, Hilary Alexander OBE is the former Fashion Director of The Daily Telegraph. She retired from the Telegraph in 2011, after 26 years, and has continued to work as a freelance stylist, writer. and presenter. She was recently elected president of Graduate Fashion Foundation, the charity which presents the annual Graduate Fashion Week in London, the world’s largest platform for BA fashion talent. She appears frequently on television and was one of the four judges in the tv series, Britain’s Next Top Model. She works regularly with a number of charities, including the Battersea Dogs & Cats Home, the Royal Osteoporosis Society, and the British Heart Foundation, and also styles and co-ordinates the Breast Cancer Care/Breast Cancer Now annual charity gala fashion show. She has been named British Fashion Journalist of the Year twice (1998 and 2003). In May 2001, she was awarded the title Visiting Professor by the London Institute, and in November, 2007, was honored with the title Doctor of Design by Nottingham Trent University. Her book, “Leopard”, which traced the history of leopard-print back to the pharaohs, and featured a foreword by Donatella Versace, was published in 2018. She was awarded the OBE by HM The Queen, for services to fashion journalism on November 28, 2013. She is a passionate traveler, long-distance walker, gardener, cook, cat lover and collector of tribal jewelry.