Serena Sinclair Lesley


Serena Sinclair Lesley, née Kamper, (March 29, 1926 – January 6, 2016) was a journalist who was the longest serving fashion editor at the London The Daily Telegraph.[1] Writing under the name Serena Sinclair, Lesley covered travel and fashion at The Telegraph from 1960 to 1984.[1] Additionally, Lesley broadcast on BBC radio and television, and wrote for the Christian Science Monitor.[1]

Serena Sinclair Lesley
BornSerena Sinclair Kamper
(1926-03-29) March 29, 1926 (age 95)
Santa Barbara, California
DiedJanuary 6, 2016(2016-01-06) (aged 89)
Occupationjournalist
NationalityBritish
Alma materWellesley College,
Principia College
Literary movementYouthquake

Lesley was known for her reporting about the revolution referred to as youthquake that occurred in fashion beginning in the 1960s[2] and for it received Fashion Writer Of The Year Award in 1970.[1] Her writing also reflected a new view of the consumer with more emphasis on creating a stylish wardrobe while living on a budget.[3]

Early life and education


Serena Dunn Kamper was born in Santa Barbara, California and lived there during her childhood. Lesley was raised in the Christian Science faith. She attended Wellesley College in Massachusetts and graduated from Principia College in Illinois, a private college for Christian Scientists.[1]

Career


Early career

Lesley began her career at the Santa Barbara News-Press as a general reporter.[1]

Fashion editor

Lesley was known for her reporting about the revolution referred to as youthquake that occurred in fashion beginning in the 1960s and subsequent change back to more "pulled together" attire.[2] Her writing reflected a new view of the consumer of fashion with more emphasis on the practical aspects of dressing for their changing lifestyles.[3] Her writing about fashion included reflections about the value of the clothes.[3] Influenced by Lesley, The Telegraph began selling stylish clothes by mail order for women living on a tight budget.[1][3]

Awards


Lesley received the Fashion Writer Of The Year Award in 1970.[1]

References


  1. "Serena Sinclair, fashion editor - obituary". Telegraph.co.uk. Retrieved 2016-02-03.
  2. Hart, Jeffrey (1973-04-01). "Serena, Nora Report Counter-Revolution". Sarasota Journal. Retrieved 2016-02-03 via googlenews.com.
  3. Jackson, Tim; Shaw, David (2006). The Fashion Handbook. London and New York: Routledge. p. 166. ISBN 978-0415255790.