Local production has been in the spotlight of many political agendas both at the national and the regional level, many designer sand brands are exploring opportunities and increasing interests in models for local production. Toronto Based company Starkers Corsetry creates crafted corsets locally their collection pays homage to the time of locally created, Canadian made fashion. The brands 2015 collection hit the runway at Toronto at Fashion Art Toronto 2015 focusing on elements of fashion from the Edwardian era, when fashion first became fashionable in Toronto, which was growing fast as a cosmopolitan city.
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Getthebuzz716: Where did,you study and how did you get started in fashion? and what the story behind the collection for Fat2015?
Starkers Corset: I studied Fashion Technique and Design at Sheridan College, and apprenticed with several couturiers and milliners during that time as well. The story behind my line began during a visit to Toronto’s Spadina Museum during their Downton Abbey exhibit. I was inspired by the craftsmanship of the clothing from that era, the quality in construction, and attention paid to the details, beadwork and lace.
I designed the line this year focused on elements of fashion from the Edwardian era, when fashion first became fashionable in Toronto, which was growing fast as a cosmopolitan city. Clothing was manufactured in Toronto factories, and created by personal dressmakers and tailors. Attention to shape, detail and embellishments were featured in women’s clothing, in this time post-Victorian era fashion, before the shorter hemlines and looser shapes of the Roaring 20’s. This line pays homage to the time of locally created, Canadian made fashion.
Getthebuzz716 Now you focus on local production of your collection tell the important behind it?
Starkers Corset: I have always created everything myself, in house. It is very important to me to be able to carefully control the quality of work that has my label attached to it.
Getthebuzz716 : With so Many designers being forced to close their ‘Haute Couture’ ateliers, and focus solely on their Luxury ‘ready to wear’ collections what are your plans for future collection?
Starkers Corset: Strive to make the themes to my collections very different each year, and to explore a new way to play with the shape of a corset in relation to fashion. I do plan to keep the high quality couture methods a staple in my work, as well as high quality materials. I have always kept production small, and craftsmanship focused, which is why I’m still here after 22 years.
Getthebuzz716: What are some,of your goals for your brand? And who is your target audience?
Starkers Corset: My target audience for this line is formal wear and brides, which have been a big part of my clientele of the past several years. Most brides I’m meeting with want a gown that is more of an elegant evening gown, rather than the traditional white meringue dress. They want something that reflects their unique style, possibly with a hint of colour, or something more dark and sophisticated. I work with brides to design something that is just for them. My goals for my brand are to keep evolving with whatever comes my way.
Getthebuzz716: What matters most in your design?
Starkers Corset: What matters most is that my designs are made to not only fit the client perfectly, but also that it’s designed to suit their personality, and sense of style. I don’t want anyone look at a dress and say “it’s perfect except for that trim, or giant butt bow”. I want the perfect shape of skirt for that client’s figure, and comfortable to wear curves that are drafted just for them. High quality materials, and perfect stitches.