Author(s): Charlotte Smith
Every woman has a dress that reminds her of one unforgettable evening ... Charlotte Smith owns literally thousands. Having lived life to the full in London, Paris and New York, when she settled in Australia she inherited a vintage clothing collection of more than 3000 pieces from her beloved Quaker godmother, Doris Darnell. Most precious of all was Doris' book of stories, a detailed record of the tales behind these masterpieces. Charlotte's inheritance was not just a collection of beautiful things, but a glimpse into the lives of the women who wore them. In One Enchanted Evening Charlotte and illustrator Grant Cowan share some of the most spectacular evening dresses and their stories from The Darnell Collection, which now contains more than 9000 unique pieces from around the world. From Pucci to Prada, Valentino to Vivienne Westwood, step inside the magical wardrobe every woman would love to own ...
Charlotte Smith is the Curator of the Darnell Collection and the author Dreaming of Dior and Dreaming of Chanel. Since inheriting a superb vintage fashion collection of more than 3000 treasures from her Quaker godmother Doris Darnell in 2004, she has amassed a priceless 'wardrobe' of more than 8000 originals, from Dior and Chanel, Prada to Pucci, and Easton Pearson to Akira. She showcases the collection at events throughout Australia and overseas. Charlotte lives in the Blue Mountains in Sydney.Grant Cowan has worked as an illustrator on magazines like Harper's Bazaar, Glamour and Red Magazine and teaches fashion illustration. He illustrated Dreaming of Dior and Dreaming of Chanel.