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 are your 5 favorite songs?
A. 'Beautiful' by James Blunt; 'Dream You Mine' by my friend Penelope Sai; 'Georgia' by Boz Scaggs; a poem read to music called 'Indoor Games at Newbury' by Sir John Betjeman; 'Fastlove' by George Michael
Q. What’s your greatest flaw?
A. When I am nervous I talk too much.
Q. Which living person do you most admire?
A. The Queen. She is dedicated, loyal, proud, tight-lipped about gossip and scandal and a true leader. I also love her dress sense. Her fashion styles have always reflective of her role as monarch, but elegant, perfect for her age and appropriate for the events she attends.
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'.).