Chanel and Dior at 2011 iD Dunedin Fashion Week.
Imagine inheriting a fabulous wardrobe full of priceless vintage items including Chanel and Dior. For Charlotte Smith, owner and curator of the largest private vintage clothing collection in Australia, this was a dream come true. She will arrive in Dunedin, New Zealand, as iD's special guest, with treasures from her precious Darnell Collection gracing the catwalk of the iD Dunedin Fashion Show on Friday 8 April and Saturday 9 April 2011.
The Darnell Collection is Australia's largest private collection of international vintage couture clothing and accessories. Fifteen stunning pieces including original items designed by Chanel and Dior in the 1960s will be shown on the catwalk, providing an unforgettable glimpse into a magic wardrobe every woman would love to own. Charlotte Smith inherited the collection of over 3000 priceless pieces from her American godmother, Doris Darnell, in 2004. Smith realised the value of the collection when she discovered her godmother's 'book of stories' – including stories of the women who wore these treasures for the first time. The collection has grown to 5000 items.