Raised in Bramshott, Hampshire, Knowles knew she wanted to work in fashion from around the age of thirteen. She recounts looking through fashion magazines and closely studying garments in her grandmother’s boutique in Bath. Later on, Knowles dreamt of pursuing the MA in Fashion at Central Saint Martins. She began studying fashion design at school and then went on to do an Art Foundation at Kingston University, later graduating from the BA Womenswear Fashion course at London College of Fashion. After her BA at LCF, she took a year off and worked for McQueen, Gareth Pugh and Acne Studios in Stockholm.
Charlotte Knowles doesn’t like to take things for granted, and every situation is a learning experience. “You have to make things happen for yourself, you can’t always rely on someone coming to you and making it happen for you.” The MA Fashion course confirmed this to her and she feels stronger and more independent as a result. That strength is what one finds in her collection, which is “more conscious in terms of body and femininity”, and designed for a woman who is “very confident in her sexuality, carefree and just pretty bold.”