Starkers Corsetry’s Rebellious Flight

Corset designer Dianna DiNoble’s label, Starkers Corsetry showcased her latest creations at Toronto Alternative Arts & Fashion Week [FAT] on Thursday, April 22nd at 7:00pm in Toronto’s Liberty Village at Studio City, 1 Pardee Avenue.

Ainsley Kerr (Photo by Paul Baik)

For her fourth year at [FAT], DiNoble’s inspiration L’amour est un Oiseau Rebelle (“Love is a Rebellious Bird”) from Bizet‘s opera, Carmen was evident on the runway with Award-winning dramatic coloratura soprano Patrizia performing throughout the show with her unique live rock opera while local industry guest models, including Ainsley Kerr gracefully strode the runway. DiNoble’s new designs focused on emulating the opposing texture of birds by using primarily silk and patent vinyl corsets with chiffons and feather accents in white, black and burgundy and necklaces by Bijouxbead.

Photo by Paul Baik

“Patrizia’s performance during the show was such a career highlight; it brought the theme together beautifully. I have never seen models walk to opera. It was seamless and better than I could have imagined,” says DiNoble reflecting on her show. On the Alternative Week, she states, “[FAT] keeps getting bigger, better and more creative every year. I’m proud to be a part of it.”

Opera singer Patrizia with Dianna DiNoble. Photo by Paul Baik.

About Starkers Corsetry

Toronto-based Starkers Corsetry has gained a devoted following – both locally and internationally – due to corsetiere Dianna DiNoble’s meticulous attention to detail and modern take on historical designs. Established in 1991, Starkers caters to a wide range of customers, from traditional brides to fashion trailblazers to risqué fetish lovers.

Each design starts with the client’s preferred design, fine fabric selection and individual detail requests. After collecting over fifteen measurements, each corset is constructed using steel boning and couture techniques with hours of sculpting to ensure a proper, comfortable fit while incorporating the clients desired waist reduction. Because of their superior structure and comfort, Starkers corsets are frequently used by dedicated tightlacers to achieve waists 18” and smaller, which can be attained without any harm to the body or bone structure. Not limited to custom corsetry, Starkers also designs clothing, millinery and accessories.

Starkers Corsetry has appeared in Hungarian Cosmopolitan, National Post, Toronto Star, and Clin D’Oeil and will be featured in an upcoming episode of Slice Network’s Rich Bride, Poor Bride this summer. Famous fans include Ashley Greene, Ellen Dubin, Melanie Laurent, Jennifer Carpenter, Ashley Jones, Ellen Greene, Kara Dioguardi, Erin Cummings, Kate Flannery, Runtina Wesley and Suzie McNeil.

Starkers is available for order online internationally and by appointment in her private Toronto-based studio. Her newly designed website, coming in June 2010 will give customers an easy to navigate online shopping experience with personalised corset selection.For more information, visit

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