Cornelia Powell

Wedding folklorist, fashion historian, author and guest speaker...returning intimacy to weddings and finding beauty in everyday life.

As a writer and popular guest speaker, wedding folklorist and costume historian Cornelia Powell shares captivating stories of goddess legends and bridal mythology, royal ceremonies and rituals of the heart, fashion history and women’s self-expression—all combined with a bit of cosmic mystery! Her latest book, “The End of the Fairy-Tale Bride: For Better or Worse, How Princess Diana Rescued the Great White Wedding,” features the influence of the archetypal princess’ life 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.” Ms. Powell was the featured speaker in 2014 at the prestigious Winterthur Museum during their “Costumes of Downton Abbey” exhibit and at Biltmore in Asheville, North Carolina, in the spring of 2015 for the premiere presentation of the “Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times” touring exhibition. She also presented a special program at Biltmore during their 2016 “Fashionable Romance” exhibits, highlighting historic wedding attire, and in 2017 during their "Designed for Drama" costume exhibition. (Where she also presented "Victoria & Elizabeth: Recreating Crowns & Gowns" based on the two costume dramas, "Victoria" on PBS and "The Crown" on Netflix.) The author first made headlines in the world of weddings with her nationally celebrated bridal art-to-wear boutique in Atlanta, Georgia, in the 1980s and ‘90s. During this time both Ms. Powell 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,” highlighting women entrepreneurs presented in “Victoria” magazine. Cornelia Powell is a former associate fashion editor at “Vogue” magazine and served for years as a member of the Costume Society of America’s Board of Directors. []

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