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2017, BESPOKE BRIDE: FEATURE

"I worked closely with designer, Marie Cordella, to take my mother's wedding dress and redesign an entire new look: something long for the ceremony that would transform into something short for the reception.

I simply showed her some inspiration photos, and over the year that we worked together the dress evolved into more than I could have hoped or dreamed for."

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2017, LOVE INC. MAGAZINE: FEATURE

"Love Inc. is a fully integrated wedding website and digital magazine for couples of all orientations. Our devotion to creating original content and featuring real weddings targeted to both straight and same-sex couples sets us apart from other publications, giving us a unique position in this swiftly evolving world of weddings."

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2017, MIDTOWN MAGAZINE: LOCAL MAKERS

"Before opening a brick-and-mortar store, in 2011 Cordella “opened” the Charleston Fashion Week with 12 designs, and busted on to the fashion scene in a large way. Travelling to South Carolina for both Charleston Fashion Week and Charleston Bridal Week has exposed her lines to a national and international market, and her television exposure has been extensive.......

Bridal gowns, alterations, modifications, masterful lacework, heirloom/vintage gown redesign/restoration as well as custom evening and party dresses... These services are just the beginning of what the designer can do."

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2016, WALTER MAGAZINE: "say yes to the dress"

"Since 2013, she has been based out of her downtown studio, where she designs custom bridal gowns and couture evening gowns. She also does bridal alterations and modifications, and can pretty much turn a pre-purchased gown into whatever you please. “I can physically make anything,” she says. “I either do something or I don’t. There’s no in between. Once I commit to doing something, it’s going to be awesome.”

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2016, News & Observer: "Brides with a vision choose custom gowns"

"“Every woman is beautiful,” Cordella says. “I work to make my clients dresses that fit them and make them feel beautiful. I’m always fine-tuning a gown. I ask, ‘Are we done?’ instead of stating, ‘We are done.’ I think this is one of the ways working with me is different than buying your dress from a large retailer.

Cordella believes commitment is an important quality for a custom gown designer. “I really care about my work, and the whole process is an emotional one,” she says. “I want my brides to feel heard, and I don’t let them leave until I feel that the energy at the end of the meeting is great.

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2016, CHARLESTON BRIDAL WEEK: FEATURED DESIGNER

"Showcasing Charleston's most fashionable boutiques & trendsetters, and emerging designer and model talent across the country, Charleston Fashion Week® (CFW) has fast become one of the premier events in North America since its founding in 2007."

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2013, UNITED WITH LOVE: WEDDING DRESS REDESIGN

"She worked me through everything step-by-step, from sketches to length, etc. She cut off the bottom before she dyed it in case I ever wanted to make a christening gown or something along those lines. The rest of the alterations were removing some of the design, hemming, and redoing some of the bead work."

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2012, LIFETIME TV : 24HOUR CATWALK

"Hosted by "IT" girl and British fashionista, Alexa Chung, the series follows four contestants have the chance to design a condensed runway collection — in the span of 24 hours. The winner gets $10,000. After a first-cut challenge, two contestants will be dismissed, leaving the final two to create a full collection for a runway show that will then be judged and admired."

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2012, NEW RALEIGH: Featuring Marie Cordella

"Clever. Geometric. Highly dynamic. These are just some of the attributes that Raleigh designer Marie Cordella, 28, and her interns came up with to describe her new collection for the Charleston Fashion Week competition. Beginning Tuesday night and continuing until Saturday, March 26, Charleston Fashion Week is one of the Southeast’s largest and most respected fashion events.  
This year’s judges hail from all corners of the fashion world — the fashion news director at Elle Magazine, one of the Gilt Groupe cofounders, and the costume director for AMC’s iconic series Mad Men for instance."

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2011, TRIANGLE BUSINESS JOURNAL: MARIE CORDELLA

Local fashion designer, Marie Cordella, is getting some big time exposure thanks to Lifetime Television. Cordella has already headline Charleston Fashion Week, an honor that's bringing her national attention. Cordella, who got her masters degree in Industrial Design from NCSU, received offers from television programs Project Runway, Fashion Star and 24Hour Catwalk. She picked 24Hour Catwalk due to it's brief filming time. "I have a business to run," said Cordella.

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2011, SUNGLASS HUT: FULLTIME FABULOUS

North Carolina's Marie Cordella is one of those rare individuals with whom I was enamored from the moment I met her. We were introduced in 2009 by fellow NC - based band The Rosebuds, backstage at one of their Brooklyn shows. You see, Marie is a commissioned dress and bridal designer and created lead singer Kelly Crisp's costume. Or so I like to call it, given that Marie's dresses are so much more than your average frock.

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2011, DAILY SINGLE MAGAZINE: MARIE CORDELLA

INTERVIEWER: What are you expecting from being on the cover of DailySingle?

MARIE CORDELLA: I'm really not sure. I'm always hoping to create more contacts and get my business more recognition. This interview is particularly interesting because it's about me as a person - as opposed to just my work. As loud and silly as I am, I'm surprisingly private. I'm excited about the prospect of getting out of my comfort zone and learning something new about myself!

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2011, TECHNICIAN: RESIDENCIES JUMP-START CAREERS

"Marie Cordella, a 2008 graduate with a master's in industrial design, works with textiles as well as in graphic design. She explained that after graduating she was not quite sure what to do next."I' just graduated and I didn't know what to do," Cordella said. "And, I'm really project oriented. I thought it would be beneficial to spend 6 months learning about myself and being watched." Through the program, Cordella said she learned a lot about her work habits and that it helped her to decide where she wanted to work in the future.

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2011, CHARLESTON MAGAZINE: FASHION ROCKS

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2009, NEWRALEIGH.COM: fashionSPARK CHRISTENS FAYETTEVILLE STREET

"Marie Cordella started the show presenting a stunning set of layered dresses in beautiful fabrics.  Cordella is an accomplished dress maker who makes custom gowns and wedding dresses of all varieties. For fashionSPARK, she showed a hip collection that felt modern and youthful- with touches of bright pattern and asymmetrical forms."

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2007, THE INDEPENDENT: TRIANGLES MOST TALENTED DESIGNERS

"Last to show was the very gifted Marie Cordella. An originator in her own right, she presented whimsical capes and cocooned silhouettes. The collection pushed the boundaries of surrealism and was almost dreamlike in its display of quilt-like fabrics and prints, embellished with small white pompoms on the ends of the garments. One stellar piece was a cape that seductively and playfully engulfed its model with an exaggerated, curved collar that surrounded her head, functioning almost like blinders or a kind of shield from the outside world. Cordella has a rampant imagination—it seemed like we could all benefit from traveling to her dreamworld."