Dreaming of Couture – an evening with the Darnell Collection

From the in-box:

Join us for an evening uncovering vintage couture fashion with special guest, Charlotte Smith. Charlotte is a fashion collector, author and the custodian of the Darnell Collection, bequeathed to her by her late godmother, Doris Darnell.

What: Dreaming of Couture – An evening of vintage fashion with Charlotte Smith and the Darnell Collection.
When: 6-8pm, Wednesday 23 November 2011
Where: Powerhouse Discovery Centre, 172 Showground Road, Castle Hill (Sydney)
Cost: $30.00 per person. Bookings and prepayment by credit card is essential as numbers
are strictly limited. Bookings on 02 9762 1300.

A beautiful silk frock, photo courtesy the Darnell Collection.

Following the lecture, guests are invited to enjoy drinks and canapés and purchase signed copies of Charlotte Smith’s beautiful books documenting the Darnell Collection, Dreaming of Chanel and Dreaming of Dior, published by HarperCollins Australia with stunning hand-drawn fashion illustrations by Grant Cowan.

A beautiful display of garments from the Darnell Collection will be on exhibition at Castle Hill RSL from 17th to 27th November 2011. Dreaming of Couture and the Darnell Collection display at Castle Hill RSL are feature events of SENSORIA — – The Sydney Hills festival of music, art and culture. See — – Hear — – Taste — – Experience.

The event organisers are offering one free ticket to an interested reader – all you have to do is leave a comment on this post, saying what you would do if you inherited a large collection of international couture fashions.

Entries close on Friday at noon (Sydney/Melbourne time).


  1. Collection be safe in my galleries. Exhibit and show us your eloquent style. Collaborate our cutators, and shine on this collection.

  2. Hi Andrea – congratulations! You have one a free ticket to this event. I’ve passed your email address onto the organisers and they will contact you about it. Hope you have a wonderful time!

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