Charlotte Smith

Charlotte Smith is Curator of The Darnell Collection. She was born in Hong Kong to an English mother and an American father. She grew up with her brother and sister on the east coast of America and graduated with a degree in Art History from Hollins College in Virginia. Charlotte has worked for art dealers, ran her own business manufacturing decorative lampshades and was the proprietor of a French country antiques shop. Her interests include horse riding, interior decorating, writing and gardening. She has lived and worked in America, England, France and and now resides in Australia, in the Blue Mountains with her daughter. 

Charlotte's fascination with fashion began with a special vintage dress at the age of three. Since inheriting her godmother's vast vintage clothing collection, her passion for fashion has grown to include the history of fashion and its significant impact on society. Charlotte is involved with exhibitions of her collection around the country, gives lectures and talks, works with fashion and design students and is featured on television and radio. 

 
Grant Cowan has worked as an illustrator on magazines like Harper’s Bazaar, Glamour and Red magazine. He studied fashion design and lived in London before moving to Australia to teach fashion illustration. Grant is a freelance fashion illustrator and works  with fashion schools in Sydney.

Books by this Author

Dreaming of Chanel
Dreaming of Dior

Videos

My Life in 8 Words

Author Revealed

Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. Being passionate about life is fulfilling and invigorating. Let your passion take you on an adventure.

Q. If you could meet any historical character, who would it be and what would you say to him or her?

A. Marie Antoinette.

I would ask her if I could have any of her cast off garments and accessories to add to my collection. I could only hope one of these might be the pale sorbet pink gown with ruffles with the matching mules she wore to tea with her girlfriends in the movie 'Marie Antoinette'!

Q. If you could eat only one thing for the rest of your days, what would it be?

A. Cheese. I love ripe camemberts from Normandy, France; Cabecou from Quercy, France; creamy Blues from Tasmania; Goat's cheese from Edith's Cheese in South Australia and Cheddar from Somerset, England. (May I include fine Tasmanian and Oregon Pinot Noirs with my cheese?)

Q. With whom in history do you most identify?

A. Georgina, Duchess of Devonshire

Q. What 3 personal qualities are most important to you?

A. Loyalty, optimism, compassion

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