Fe­lic­ity Green re­turns to fash­ion jour­nal­ism at the age of 83

The Jewish Chronicle - - People -

FE­LIC­ITY GREEN, ONE of the most fa­mous fash­ion ed­i­tors of the swing­ing Six­ties, is go­ing back to work at the age of 83.

She will men­tor fash­ion jour­nal­ism stu­dents at Cen­tral St Martins, where she taught 20 years ago. The girl from Da­gen­ham was her­self to­tally self-taught.

She re­calls the hor­rors of her first job at Woman and Beauty Mag­a­zine, telling Peo­ple: “Hav­ing strug­gled up on the District Line I had to make the fires and walk the dog even be­fore I made the cof­fee.” Fi­nally land­ing a din­ner in­vi­ta­tion to the ed­i­tor’s house a few years later, she found it was any­thing but a chance to min­gle with the great and the good. “I had given my­self one of the first Toni perms, and the ed­i­tor wanted me to give one to Mary Wil­son, who was com­ing with Harold, then pres­i­dent of the Board of Trade. While the great and the good had drinks, I did the perm in the bath­room and got a thankyou poem from Mary.”

El­e­vated to women’s ed­i­tor at the Daily Mir­ror, where she be­came the first fe­male ap­pointed to the board of a na­tional pa­per, Ms Green in­tro­duced Mary Quant, Biba and Twiggy to read­ers. Fol­low­ing her Mir­ror glory days, she ran the UK of­fice of Vi­dal Sas­soon. “We were kids to­gether”. She then re­turned to jour­nal­ism. She helped launch Work­ing Woman mag­a­zine and ad­vised the boards of the Ex­press, the Tele­graph and the pub­lish­ers of M&S Mag­a­zine.

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