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.
Aren't you DREAMING OF DIOR? We are - and so is Charlotte Smith...
My Life in 8 Words
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. What do you regret most?
A. Ever watching the movie Toy Story. Now, every time I want to choose a few of my daughter's stuffed animals or toys to give away I only have to think of the scene where the mother comes into her son's room with the box and each toy hold its breath in fear it might be him who goes. I always loose courage and leave them on the shelf knowing when I close the door they will all sigh with relief.
Q. If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?
A. Playing the piano. I love the idea of being able to sit down and just play a random melody like Debussy's 'Claire de Lune' or Michael Nyman's 'The Heart Asks Pleasure' (from the movie 'The Piano'.).
Q. What is your favorite occupation, when you’re not writing?
A. Visiting vintage shops and vintage clothing auctions anywhere I might be visiting.
Q. What is your greatest achievement?
A. Overcoming doubt, guilt and peer pressure to follow my heart and passion to make something of and gain respect for my vast vintage clothing collection.