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The End of the Fairy-Tale Bride:
For Better or Worse, How Princess Diana Rescued the Great White Wedding
Wedding folklorist and costume historian Cornelia Powell, along with her insightful way of looking at the life of Princess Diana, forms a captivating view into the world of brides and ceremony, of fairy tales and princess myths. The End of the Fairy-Tale Bride: For Better or Worse, How Princess Diana Rescued the Great White Wedding—this first volume of irresistible stories—combines bridal mythology, fashion history, goddess legends, royal ceremonies, and a bit of cosmic mystery with the life of the world’s most famous celebrity and ultimate princess bride.
The author has a singular perspective on Princess Diana’s influence on weddings including their complement of womanly rituals. On the gilded wave following Diana’s royal wedding in 1981—reinventing an outdated bridal industry and bringing weddings back into high-style—Cornelia created a store for the “new woman” emerging that decade…a design haven for this “grown-up bride.” And her invitation over the years to all those brides-to-be, “don’t settle for being a princess for a day, be a goddess for a lifetime,” shapes the heart of this book.
In this anthology of myth and magic, Cornelia first brings together sparkling ingredients of the “great white wedding” (Queen Victoria launched the original era and her great-great-great-grandson’s shimmering bride revived it in the most memorable of ways nearly a hundred and fifty years later.) Then she deepens the narrative by wrapping it all inside the heart-opening legacy of an archetypal princess who changed our notion of “happily ever after,” who ended the myth of the fairy-tale bride, and who opened a tender pathway to love for those she left behind.
Cornelia is also the author of Amazon bestseller, The Bride’s Ritual Guide: Look Inside to Find Yourself, and the revised print version of The Handkerchief Has Been Thrown! Something Old & Something New for Same-Sex Couples, and contributes articles to various magazines. In her thirty years as a voice for conscious weddings, she focuses her work on the intimacy of the couple’s rite-of-passage.
The author was the keynote speaker in the spring of 2014 at the prestigious Winterthur Museum during their exhibition of “Costumes of Downton Abbey” and for the premiere of the touring “Dressing Downton” exhibit in the spring of 2015 at the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, NC. She has been featured in magazines and books including Hearst Publication’s The Business of Bliss: How to Profit from Doing What You Love, highlighting women entrepreneurs. She is a former Vogue magazine associate editor and also served on the Board of Directors of the Costume Society of America.
After thirty 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 to find beauty in the everyday of Mother Nature. ~
What people are saying about the author and this first volume of The End of the Fairy-Tale Bride:
“Whether it’s about the wedding dress of a famous princess or Lady Mary on Downton Abbey, Cornelia’s entertaining and informative stories weave beautiful design details with intriguing bridal folklore.”
-Maggie Lidz, Estate Historian, Winterthur Museum (and architect of their “Costumes of Downton Abbey” exhibition.)
“After having researched Princess Diana’s life and the effects of it from many different angles, it is always intriguing to see how powerful of an archetypal energy her presence on the planet proved to be. Cornelia Powell has opened yet another door into that archetypal energy, showing Diana’s presence and touch and its lasting effect on your lives in new and different ways. Many thanks to her and her work.”
-Steffan Vanel, author of Charles and Diana: The Inside Story – An Astrological-Karmic View
“The End of the Fairy-Tale Bride is such an intimate experience from which the reader emerges transformed. Cornelia compellingly transports you through the trail of ancient wedding mythology to the modern reality of the hopeful Princess Diana recast out of a dream wedding into a formidable catalyst for a universal feminine shift.”
-Maureen Nolan, “Your Attention Coach”