"Every dress tells a story..."
Charlotte Smith has had more than her fair share of fabulous dresses and adventures.
She lived life to the full in London, Paris and New York before falling in love with Australia and discovering she had inherited a priceless vintage clothing collection from her American Quaker godmother, Doris Darnell.
Then the boxes started arriving, with more than three thousand pieces dating from 1790 to 1995, from Dior and Chanel originals to a dainty pioneer dress.
But when she unearthed her godmother's book of stories, the true value of what she had been bequeathed hit home.
This wasn't merely a collection of beautiful things, it was a collection of life. Women's lives. Tiny snapshots of our joys ad disappointment, our entrances and exits, triumphant and tragic.
This is a book for any woman who knows a dress can hold a lifetime of memories.
Published in Australia by Harper Collins and in the US by Simon & Schuster