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Because of the immense popularity of the British period series Downton Abbey, the appeal of period dramas on film and television (including the costume designers behind the magic) has soared! Therefore, Cornelia has been in demand more than ever for her entertaining historical costume talks (full of charming commentary and stunning images) that center around particular television programs or films and pivotal times in fashion and social history.

King Louis XIV said that fashion is the mirror of history. And many historians concur that the story of fashion is also the story of mankind’s first and most passionate addiction! So from Downton Abbey to Outlander, from Princess Brides to royal coronations, from the glamorous London Season to American heiresses and Titanic glamour, from fictional characters to real persons of history, Cornelia goes behind-the-scenes of costume design and, in turn, creates a delightful “history lesson” wrapped in fashionable intrigue! 

Cornelia was the featured speaker in 2014 at the prestigious Winterthur Museum during their “Costumes of Downton Abbey” exhibit; 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; as well as at other venues around the country. She also presented special programs at Biltmore for their 2016 opening of the “Fashionable Romance: Wedding Gowns in Film” exhibit and in the spring of 2017 for their "Designed for Drama: Fashion From the Classics" costume exhibition.

One of Cornelia's latest fashion PowerPoint presentations, "Something Most Royal: Recreating Crowns & Gowns for Victoria & Elizabeth," features costume design secrets from "Victoria" on PBS and "The Crown" on Netflix....with special focus on their wedding and coronation gowns!


To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Oscar-winning film Titanic as well as the 2018 costume exhibition at Biltmore featuring 45 of the film's costumes, Cornelia has a new presentation, “Titanic Glamour: Stories of the Fashion, Celebrity & Intrigue Onboard the RMS Titanic. It combines “gilded age” stories of Edwardian fashions and glamorous personalities—even an Egyptian queen—onboard the RMS Titanic, revealing a unique view into this opulent era and also features behind-the-scene intrigues (with glorious images) of creating the elegant costumes for the “Titanic” film.



For more information, contact Cornelia.

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