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Dreaming of Chanel : A Wardrobe Full of Stories - Charlotte Smith

Dreaming of Chanel

A Wardrobe Full of Stories

By: Charlotte Smith, Grant Cowan (Illustrator)

Hardcover Published: 6th October 2016
ISBN: 9780732292072
Number Of Pages: 296

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Inheriting a priceless vintage collection sounds like every woman's dream come true.

But when Charlotte Smith discovered that her American godmother, Doris Darnell, had made her custodian of more than three thousand pieces dating from 1790 to 1995, including originals by Chanel and Dior, she was more than a little daunted.

From the moment Charlotte uncovered her first treasure, an exquisite 1920s evening dress, she was enchanted. But when she found her godmother's book of stories, the true value of her inheritance hit home. This wasn't a mere collection of beautiful things, it was a precious collection of women's lives. Tiny glimpses of our joys and disappointments, our entrances and exits, triumphant and tragic.

In DREAMING OF DIOR, Charlotte shared some of her treasures and the stories of the women who wore them for the first time.

Now, in DREAMING OF CHANEL with special appearances by Chanel, Vivienne Westwood, Zandra Rhodes, Pucci, Akira and many more, Charlotte offers another unforgettable glimpse inside the magic wardrobe every woman would love to own.

About the Author

Charlotte Smith is the curator of the Darnell Collection, Australia's largest private collection of vintage clothing and accessories, which she inherited from her American godmother, Doris Darnell. Born in Hong Kong and raised in the United States, Charlotte has lived and worked in America, England and France but now lives in the Blue Mountains, Australia. She has a degree in Art History and lectures on the history of fashion.


So happy with my purchase


Thank you Booktopia, as I received this item today and am so happy with the service that you have provided. I now have the three books which Charlotte Smith has written about her exquisite collection of gowns/dresses and the books are so easy to ready. Every page has an fabulous illustration of the gown/dress, along with the story that relates to the actual gown/dress. So happy with my purchase.

Gold Coast, Australia


Dreaming of Chanel


A visual treat for anyone with an interest in fashion

Springvale, Melbourne, Australia


Dreaming of Chanel

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ISBN: 9780732292072
ISBN-10: 0732292077
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 296
Published: 6th October 2016
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers (Australia) Pty Ltd
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 20.5 x 15.5  x 2.5
Weight (kg): 0.67