We heard from our friends over at Lucky that Hilary Alexander, the beloved and now “retired” fashion director of the Telegraph, was filming a fashion reality show called Behind the Seams. Since we’re here in London and have seen Hilary at practically every show this week, we decided to ask her about it.
Hilary was exceptionally gracious and chatted with us for a few minutes before the Christopher Kane show this morning. So is she working on a reality show? The short answer: Nope! She’s working on two. And at least one may be available in the US. Read on for the details:
Fashionista: We heard a rumor about you doing a fashion reality show. Is that happening?
Hilary Alexander: I think they’re still in talks with somebody, but it’s called Best Dressed Britain. But I don’t know if they’ve signed any contracts.
Will you be a host?
What’s the premise of the show?
As far as I understand it, it’s finding very well-dressed people in towns and cities up and down the country, and then having elimination rounds and eventually getting to a finale line-up. I’m choosing the best-dressed person in Britain!
So you’re one of the judges?
Yes. I’m also involved in the selection process.
Hmm. I thought the show was about highlighting designers. (looks confused)
Oh, that’s another one I’m working on!
OK, tell me about that one! (looks relieved)
That one’s called Behind the Seams and I’m presenting that. And it’s a kind of intimate look [at] a whole host of designers. Each program is focused on one designer.
So it’s sort of a documentary each time?
Yes, but looking at their archive, what they do away from the catwalk, their catwalk shows, other things they’re involved in, their houses…
Just British designers?
No, it’s international. So far we’ve done Diane von Furstenberg, Karl Lagerfeld, Valentino…
When does the show air?
I’m not certain; I think in the spring.
Will it just be in the UK?
No, I think it’s going internationally.
So you’re keeping busy!
Oh, yeah, very much!