Caroline Jane Smith was born and raised in Dothan, Alabama. At a young age, Caroline took interest in the beautiful gowns her grandmother, Janie, had made over the years, and asked her to teach her to sew. While in college at the University of the South pursuing a degree in economics, she fell in love with costume design, and became very active in Theatre Sewanee. Upon graduation from Sewanee in 2007, Caroline took her creative passion to Manhattan, where she obtained a degree in Fashion Studies from the prestigious Parsons School of Design. After internships at the design houses of Kay Unger and Yigal Azrouel, Caroline longed to be back in the South, and soon moved to Florida's Emerald Coast. She worked as the costume designer for the Seaside Repertory Theatre, and began making custom dresses for friends and family. Knowing that this was more than just a hobby, Caroline was determined to form her own label. Janie G. Couture was born in Fall of 2009. Since its creation, the label has attracted both regional and national attention. Caroline's work has been featured in fashion shows and publications around the country. Her dresses are both chic and timeless, and she has become known for her updated twist on classic patterns made from fine silks and linens. In early 2012, Caroline debuted her first line of menswear. Named for her late brother, The Jason Randolph Collection is a relaxed, sophisticated, and classic line of men's resort-wear. Janie G. Couture can be found online at janiegcouture.us.
Later in 2012, Caroline traded beaches for mountains and relocated to Denver, Colorado. While maintaining Janie G. Couture, she made the decision to return to the theater as well. In just one short year of working in the area, Caroline's work has been seen all over town. She is a regular costume designer at The Edge Theater Company in Lakewood, as well as Rocky Mountain Theater for Kids in both Boulder and Denver. She recieved an Edgy Award for her work on Cat on a Hot Tin Roof in 2013, and her designs for Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo claimed BroadwayWorld.com's Best Costume Design of a Play- Denver 2013. In early 2014, Caroline joined forces with the Athena Project as the curator for their annual fashion show as well as the costume designer for the festival's play series.