Women of all ages in search of elegance and exclusivity choose Claire Thorogood for her bespoke figure-flattering, luxurious occasionwear.
Having dressed women for special occasions for over 20 years, Claire understands better than anyone how to make a woman feel stylish and confident. Her greatest pleasure lies in bringing out the unique beauty of every client, whether they are attending ‘the races’, a luxe wedding, stylish evening parties or glamorous ‘red carpet’ events.
The season’s prestigious social events, such as Royal Ascot, Epsom Derby and Henley Royal Regatta demand a unique and eye-catching style. A bespoke outfit by Claire is the epitome of exclusive and sophisticated dressing - glamorous, understated and feminine. Her designs are worn by high-profile media figures such as TV presenter Clare Balding and by those with royal connections.
Claire's designs are especially loved by the mother of the bride or groom, preparing for their daughter or son's special day, by those planning a second wedding, and by professional women looking for timeless pieces that work perfectly with busy lives.
Claire sources the finest fabrics from around the world, including delicate French laces, Italian tailoring and dress-weight silks, as well as fluid chiffons, beautiful prints and her signature hand-painted abstract floral-inspired designs. In addition, elegant Swiss-made trims, hand beadwork and luxurious embellishments elevate each outfit to true bespoke status by making it unique.
One of the joys of having a bespoke outfit made which is made-to-measure is that it can be designed to flatter your best features and discretely camouflage those areas you are less confident about. The valuable time spent getting to know each client during the design process means that Claire can ensure that the finished garment truly reflects the wearer's personality and style.
Commissioning a bespoke outfit requires a minimum of six weeks preparation, during which time Claire will produce a number of sketch ideas, from which the final design is selected. This is often a collaborative process, and Claire will discuss with you any suggestions or requests you might have. Fabrics are chosen from a selection available, your measurements are taken and then a calico toile (mock-up in cotton fabric) is made in the atelier ready for your first fitting. After making various adjustments to the toile, your outfit in your chosen fabric will be made up ready for a further fitting, and in some cases fitted again after alterations have been made before being handfinshed to the highest standards.
If you are looking to accessorise your bespoke outfit with the perfect millinery or beautiful made-to-measure shoes, we can collaborate with the relevant designers on your behalf, or would be happy to make recommendations.
To make the process as effortless as possible, Claire would be happy to visit you in your own home in London or the surrounding counties.