We regret to inform our clients that Mr. Garrod has closed his business
and retired effective January, 2003. In honor of the many years of his
cooperation with and kind assistance to ROMANTASY, and as a testament to
our personal friendship and continuing respect, we will maintain the
True Grace web page so that you may continue visually to enjoy his
creative designs. For those of you who own a True Grace corset, you
certainly own a treasure. Value it, take good care of it, and wear it
with love for one of the world's best corset makers!
DEDICATION OF ROMANTASY'S BOOK:
CORSET MAGIC: A Fun Guide to
Trim Your Waist and Figure
This book is dedicated to Michael P. Garrod (April 18,
1928—July 12, 2003), principal of the True Grace Corset Company in London, who,
during his distinguished twenty-one-year career as a corsetier, never allowed a
well-justified artistic ego to get in the way of his love for the corset. He
selflessly shared his considerable talents and knowledge with each inquiring
corset maker who was just beginning the journey of learning one of the fashion
world’s most ancient of crafts. He unselfishly supported corset purveyors and
enthusiasts who promote the art and craft of corset making. His lovely corsets
live on to perpetuate elegance and beauty in comportment and dressing.
This English company was started in 1982 by multi-talented Michael Garrod
(pictured left with Ann). Michael was an accomplished glider pilot as well
as corsetier, whose elegant productions are worn around the world. He rarely
advertised his services except by word of mouth and by satisfied customers.
He took only limited special orders, and was known for his often astoundingly
unique corsets, including one corset that took over six hours to set up and
complete a fan lacing!
This company worked with unique fabrics such as rubber (only style numbers
2 and 3 below) and offered various styles including a leg corset, corset
dress, and long-line corset.