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 is your biggest pet peeve?
A. Inappropriate footwear. For example, flip flops worn anywhere except the beach; Ugg boots worn outdoors, in the rain; sneakers worn anytime other than when exercising.
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.
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. What 3 personal qualities are most important to you?
A. Loyalty, optimism, compassion