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Cornelia Powellfashion historian, wedding folklorist, and writerhas been the keynote speaker at the prestigious Winterthur Museum in Delaware; on Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina; at the Goodwood Museum in Tallahassee, Florida; Stephens College in Missouri; the Bragg-Mitchell Mansion in historic Mobile, Alabama, and at other venues around the country. Whether the focus of her talks is Downton Abbey, The Crown, Coronations and Weddings of Queens, Gilded Glamour Aboard the Titanic, or “Losing the Corset, Winning the Vote & The Flapper Revolution” (honoring the Suffrage Centennial), Cornelia uses fashion to tell the story of a time and place in history—including how it shaped and re-shaped womens lives! 

King Louis XIV of France said that “fashion is the mirror of history.” And in the imagination of a good storyteller with a bit of costume savvy, the most entertaining “history lessons” are told through this “Who-Wore-What-When-and-Why” mirror! (Cornelias audiences love the ‘fashionably’ historical journey she takes them on with PowerPoint presentations full of stunning images.)

Cornelia first made headlines in the world of weddings with her nationally celebrated bridal art-to-wear store in Atlanta, Georgia, in the 1980s and ‘90s. Opened on the glittering wave following the royal wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer—and in recognition of the emerging “modern woman”—her store helped reshape the bridal design industry. During this time both Cornelia and her shop were featured in numerous magazines and books including Hearst Publication’s The Business of Bliss: How to Profit from Doing What You Love, introducing women entrepreneurs as presented in Victoria magazine.  

Her latest book, The End of the Fairy-Tale BrideFor Better or Worse, How Princess Diana Rescued the Great White Wedding, spotlights the archetypal princess’ influence on the world of weddings and the lingering effects of the “princess myth” in popular culture. (She is also the author of Amazon bestseller The Bride’s Ritual Guide: Look Inside to Find Yourself and The Handkerchief Has Been Thrown! Something Old & Something New for Same-Sex Couples.) 

(Cornelia is at work on a new book, tentatively titled, The Spiritual Mission of a Princess: Diana and the Return of the Heart, which explores how the death of a world famous princess set a revolution-of-the-heart into motion—and how that energy is fueling and still influencing this pivotal time of feminine wisdom rising.)

Cornelia Powell is a former associate fashion editor at Vogue magazine (“the hardest work and the best training ever”) and served for several years as a member of the Costume Society of America’s Board of Directors. After 30 years in Atlanta, Cornelia moved to the Western North Carolina Mountains in 2008 and now looks out at the world and its ever-inspiring landscape from her writing loft nestled on a steep, green mountain ridge.  She claims growing up on a farm in south Alabama, including visits “up the road” with two extraordinary grandmothers, gave her a “wondering” quality about finding beauty in the everyday of Mother Nature. ~

American Suffragettes c1915

For more information, contact Cornelia.

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