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When Cornelia James arrived in England in 1939, she was a student of art and design in her native Vienna and quickly set about establishing herself as a designer of distinction. The leather gloves she made were available in a huge range of colours and became fashion essentials – Vogue magazine dubbed her “the colour Queen of England”. Cornelia built a thriving business supplying gloves to couturiers and leading stores and her work brought her to the attention of Norman Hartnell and she began working for him and made gloves for many of his grand clients. In 1947 Hartnell made a very special request inviting Cornelia to make the “going-away” gloves for the then Princess Elizabeth after her marriage to Prince Philip, heralding a long and happy association with the Royal Household formalised in 1979 by the grant of a Royal Warrant as glove manufacturer ‘by appointment to Her Majesty the…