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Because of the immense popularity of the British period series Downton Abbey, the appeal of costume dramas on film and television—plus the 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, 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.

Cornelia's latest fashion PowerPoint presentation, "Victoria & Elizabeth: Recreating Crowns & Gowns," features costume design secrets from "Victoria" on PBS and "The Crown" on Netflix....with special focus on wedding and coronation gowns!


For more information, contact Cornelia.

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