Fans of Downton Abbey will swoon over the ravishing new collection of faux period pieces from Dianna DiNoble, Toronto’s corsetiere nonpareil.
DiNoble’s brand, Starkers Corsetry, introduced its 2015 line of bridal corsets last week in a runway show as part of the 10th annual Fashion Art Toronto, the city’s alternative fashion week.
The collection takes its cues from Edwardian fashion, pairing embellished corsets with billowing skirts swaddled in tulle. Broad-brimmed hats, veils, sheer shoulder wraps and opera gloves completed many ensembles, often echoing the look, if not the shape, of lingerie dresses that were in style after the turn of the last century.
DiNoble is an esteemed fixture in Toronto fashion, famed for blending contemporary and vintage styles. That aesthetic is evident in the candid backstage photo above, showing two of her models in their Downton Abbey kit while catching up on their smartphones.
Starkers is a bespoke label and DiNoble makes her corsets by hand from custom orders. Check out her very user-friendly e-commerce and information website, and don’t miss the clothing pieces and accessory options.
Here are all the FAT runway looks from Starkers‘ celebrated show. Photos by Will Wayne (top) and Jonathan Hooper.