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CORNELIA POWELL
Wedding Folklorist, Fashion Historian, 
Writer and Guest Speaker
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 {Volume One} 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 for their 2016 opening of the “Fashionable Romance” exhibits, highlighting historic wedding attire. (Whether the focus is Downton Abbey, American Heiresses & the London Season, Princess Brides, Behind-the-Scenes with Costume Designers, Corsets & ‘Sinful’ Fishnets, or a myriad of other fashion-related topics, Ms. Powell’s presentations are full of charming commentary and stunning images. “The most delightful history lesson I’ve ever had,” is often heard from members of her audiences!)


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. After 30 years in Atlanta, Ms. Powell 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. ~


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