Our Ambassador - Charlotte Smith

About Charlotte

The Charlotte Smith Collection began from a bequest from Doris Darnell, an American Quaker and godmother to Charlotte Smith.

In 2004, 3500 items of clothing, dating from 1750 to 1970, arrived in Australia. Since then, the collection has grown to over 8000+ pieces (and continues to grow through donations and purchases) and represents every aspect of a woman's wardrobe. The collection is not for sale, but is used for national and international exhibitions, catwalk events, television, and education for clients as diverse as tourism organisations, museums and art galleries, fashion week, high-end retail centres and educational institutions.

Charlotte Smith wrote two books about the collection, 'Dreaming of Dior' and 'Dreaming of Chanel', published by HarperCollins Australia and Simon & Schuster, USA.


Why Charlotte chose to be involved with the Foundation

Education is a positive approach to changing the way we view something we might take for granted.

Water and swimming, whether in a backyard pool, the ocean, a lake or a dam requires awareness, understanding and skill to enjoy properly.

I support any activity where education plays an important role and feel my fashion collection, which includes a large selection of swimwear dating back to 1890, can focus on the history of swimming and swimwear and help with the education of water safety.


What Charlotte hopes to achieve by being involved

As Ambassador, my mission is threefold: 

  • To raise awareness of and promote the Foundation in the Blue Mountains to help expand the Foundation's reach to a State level and eventually to a National level;
  • To raise funds, through public events featuring The Charlotte Smith Collection (formerly known as The Darnell Collection);
  • To increase the number of children who are made 'water safety aware' and who learn how to swim.
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