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’s your best quality?
Q. What’s your greatest fear?
A. Being forced to swim in anything other than a clear blue swimming pool. I live in Oz remember so billabongs have crocs, oceans have sharks, rivers and ponds (dams) have tiger snakes and streams have large leeches! (I am being a bit dramatic I know.)
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. 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'!