Caroline Charles began in the world of fashion art school followed by a couture apprenticeship and a stint as a photographer’s assistant; she then worked for Mary Quant and was inspired by couturiers as well as the youth quake of the early 60’s in London. Her first collections were kooky and fresh and included a white cotton dress made from a bedspread!
Caroline Charles was one of the original designers to join what was later to become British Fashion Week.
Her clothes were quickly snapped up by celebrities, which over the years have ranged from Lulu, Marianne Faithful and Cilla Black as well as special suits being made for Mick Jagger and Ringo Star. Princes Diana became a regular client as well as Emma Thompson who wore a Caroline Charles design to receive an Oscar.
Caroline Charles has been invited over the years to be a design consultant to major Brands such as Burberry and Marks and Spencer as well as having design collaborations with major accessories and textile companies.
In the 90’s Caroline Charles designed the official scarf to mark the 40th anniversary of the accession of the Queen.
As she celebrated her own 40th anniversary, Caroline Charles was awarded an OBE for services to the British Fashion Industry. Celebrations followed at the Victoria & Albert Museum with another award from the British Fashion Council.