As for us? 2012 has been a fabulous Olympian year.
Amidst the collective magical mayhem, we have designed
and styled for budding brides, party divas and the most stylish of fashionistas…
…and loved every minute of it.
It has been a pleasure hearing what some of these über glamorous ladies
have had to say about their experience with The State of Grace
(and a special chance to peek at their outfits…)
These are ladies who mean business, with little time and fabulous taste.
These are ladies with Uncompromising Grace.
Thank you to each of them.
“Following my engagement to the man I love,
I wanted a wedding dress that was entirely unique;
a unique expression of who I am, who we are as a couple,
and just how deeply I feel for him.
For these reasons, I was utterly grateful to find The State of Grace!
Lucia and Claire not only understood what I hoped for, but their
exquisite collections and warm professional manner reassured me that
they could create it. In fact, they were the only ones, out of the
dozens of dress shops and bespoke designers that I visited,
who gave me this total confidence.
From there began a series of wonderfully enjoyable ‘toiles’,
where The State of Grace team would drape me in evolving versions
of my dress, assess me with their expert eyes and respond to my questions.
Meanwhile, as the dress of my dreams materialised, I marvelled at how
I transformed into the bride I had always dreamed I would be.
And so it was that on a warm summer’s evening in Italy, I walked
down the aisle to meet my beloved – truly in “a state of grace”.
It could not have been a more enriching, meaningful and
magically memorable bridal experience.
I’d love to do it all over again…”
“Lucia, Claire and the Team were just amazing.
My dress, shoes and hatlette – all designed by The State of Grace –
were absolutely perfect for my London wedding. I was even able,
just as Lucia had assured me, to wear it all again for my husband’s 1940s
themed birthday celebration on the Orient Express.
And again it was PERFECT there too…
The team oversaw every detail and I felt amazing knowing
I looked utterly unique but more importantly,
my husband thought I looked absolutely beautiful.”
“I’m so grateful to have found The State of Grace.
Lucia, Claire and the Team care so much about everything they do.
Passion and love ooze through everything they create
and into every appointment I had with them.
They helped me design and style my entire look for my Italian wedding.
I knew I didn’t want to look like a conventional bride but
I couldn’t imagine what that design might look like, one that would
perfectly compliment my figure and my wedding.
Lucia designed a very sassy, short and stylish dress that I just adored wearing.
Claire’s pattern cutting ensured it fitted me like a second skin.
Everything was seamless and I couldn’t have felt more
‘me’ on my wedding day.”
“I wanted something COMPLETELY different
for my wedding and all the bridal shops and bridal magazines felt
a world away from my vision of how I wanted to look.
Then I walked into The State of Grace and straight away
Lucia spoke my language. Not only did she understand exactly
how I wanted to feel and look, but she was able to choose
exquisite colours and cuts – in a heart beat –
that I would not have thought of without her guidance.
She then styled the dress with her stunning jewellery designs,
all so chic and dramatic in emerald green and black.”
“I wanted something elegant and timeless for my wedding
and am partial to quite a lot of sparkle and drama. I knew that I wanted
something made beautifully and in the best quality fabrics possible but
I just couldn’t find any existing designs that really expressed everything
I wanted to on my wedding day. I also wanted a very different
look for my church service than for my reception afterwards.
When I met Lucia, Claire and the Team I realised that they had all
the professional experience, creativity and vision to bring all
of these ideas to Life. They created a stunning silk coat with
vintage detailing and a four metre train for church, a fully hand sequinned
deco style cape for my arrival at my reception and then a fully bejewelled
corset dress with draping crystals and pearls and a stunning fluid
satin skirt for the glamorous dinner and dance.
They left no stone unturned and made the whole process an absolute joy.”
“I hate shopping and the idea of getting the perfect dress for our
big birthday celebration was filling me with dread. Until I walked
into The State of Grace. From the moment we met, Lucia understood
the nature of this occasion and how I wanted to feel and look.
She and her team made the whole process absolutely effortless.
Lucia conceived a whole head to toe look for me that
she then briefed her team to make.
I didn’t have to lift a finger. Everything from my dress to my
jewels, head dress and even shoe clips were created especially for me
without stress or effort! I felt very confident in my beautiful dress
and my husband loved me in it too.”
“I was initially drawn to The State of Grace
after reading an article in a glossy magazine about Lucia, her
“Eurasian Couture” collection and her passion for Asian embroideries.
Lucia and Claire listened to my many ideas and helped to transform
these into a piece of true beauty. Their expertise ensured
that my dream dress was finally made into a stunning reality.
I am still receiving compliments to this day.
The article on Lucia was absolutely true – she does combine the BEST of
Asian embroidery and tradition with, the BEST of
European cutting and couture finish.
I don’t believe anywhere else in London combines these amazing skills.”
“Lucia and Claire were absolutely lovely.
I so enjoyed my every appointment and fitting.
Their professionalism, patience, creativity and commitment takes all the stress
and worry away as I knew they would make me look the best that I could!
With exquisite laces, crystals, jewels and vintage finds, they showed me
how I could transform my entire look from the day time to the evening with
bespoke accessories created especially for me.
I think they were as excited about my wedding
as I was and this passion and desire to get everything perfect
is what produced such a beautiful result.”
“I had certain ideas of the sort of dress that I wanted for my wedding day
but couldn’t find it off the peg and was feeling pretty uninspired and uncertain
until I walked into the beautiful showroom at The State of Grace.
Lucia and Claire offered endless possibilities to suit my taste
and showed me the perfect cuts and fabrics and colours to best
compliment my figure and complexion.
It was such an extraordinarily personal experience with absolutely
everything being tailored to me. Every detail was explored and
I was given advice on everything I needed from the correct underwear
to the best hair and make up – even the best tailors for my husband’s suit!
I adored my dress and accessories and felt a million dollars on my wedding day.”
“I could not believe how my dress turned out! It was absolutely exquisite…
The quality of the silk, the delicacy of the hand sewing and the
precision and comfort of the fit was beyond all expectation whilst also
achieving the classic simplicity of design – with a twist – that I had
looked far and wide for many, many months.
Lucia made design suggestions for my hair adornment and jewellery
which gave the perfect finishing touches to an outfit that
I really felt had my name written all over it!”
“It really is hard to find the words to express
how greatly you contributed to making me feel so happy and lucky on
the most wonderful day of my life. The Carroll-Bennett wedding was
the best fun I have ever had!!!!! Basically a room full of happy people.
Friends and family from all over the globe partying like they had
been friends for 40 years. And the venue was impossibly glamorous.
So sumptuous and elegant. We truly felt like it was the best dream possible.
Heaven in fact.
Through your talent and personal investment, you were able to give me
(a very self conscious girl) a rare sense of pride and confidence.
I felt fabulous. I felt totally and utterly myself. I felt genuine. I felt original,
as if I were showing everyone who I was. I felt proud to walk down
the aisle to Chris in front of all of our friends and family.
The dress induced true romance and celebration and
I never wanted to take it off.
The dress and accessories you designed and created are more beautiful
and more appropriate than I could ever have imagined and I will never
forget how dressing for the day both kick started the excitement and
encapsulated a very romantic and longed-for event.
My mother and father think the world of you both, you will have the
business of every friend of mine from Australia and the UK, my husband
thinks you’re amazing…. and I will be your loyal fan, customer and friend always.
I hope we can have a champagne at the Savoy one day soon.”
“There is nowhere in London that provides such a
comprehensive bespoke design and styling service as The State of Grace.
Lucia and her team take the time and stress away,
delivering crowd-stoppingly stylish hats, garments and accessories
especially for me every season.
I arrive at Ascot feeling not only fabulous but knowingly
unique and can honestly say that their creativity, care and
professionalism is second to none.”
Thank you everyone who made 2012 so wonderful for us.
Have a Great and Graceful 2013.