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. 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. What’s your greatest flaw?
A. When I am nervous I talk too much.
Q. Who is your favorite fictional hero?
A. Hercule Poirot. His bespoke wardrobe is exquisite and he has such a wonderfully ridiculous manner.
Q. If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you choose to be?
A. On the balcony of the Helvetia & Bristol Hotel in Florence sipping a chilled glass of Crystal '76 champagne.