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Fashion Designer Wants To Bring Industrial Heritage Back to Town

Award winning Midlands fashion designer Michael Wallace has set his sights on bringing some industrial heritage back to his hometown.


The designer’s latest catwalk show was a huge success, generating £10,000 worth of orders for bespoke wedding dresses. The show was held at St Mary’s Church in Nottingham and also saw the launch of his charity The Michael Wallace Foundation, which will support local charities, businesses and individuals.

Michael, 27, who is from Ilkeston and has a studio at Maltby Mill in the town, said: “There was a great turnout for the event and the venue looked amazing. It was great to have more eyes on the garments and generate more awareness of the brand and the foundation. The audience were amazing and I was thrilled with their reaction.”

The 50-piece collection saw some of his older archive pieces from original collections, combined with his new Christmas Couture, bridal collection and Elegance Noir.

Michael said: “I feel like I’ve ramped up my game a bit, people have seen how professional the show looked and felt. I’ve certainly set a bar for myself. Hopefully they will go and tell other people about it and attend the next Extravaganza in 2018.

“By the time I’m in my early 30s I want to own a House of MW HQ, with in-house production and a team of people working for me. I want to bring back some industrial heritage to these little towns because that’s where they originated from.”

Michael also works part-time as a cutter for local fashion designer, Daniel Hanson, which is based in Nottingham and makes dressing gowns and smoking jackets for the likes of Elton John and The Royal Family.

There were also some well-known faces at Michael’s show including James Lewis from the The Antiques Roadshow and This is England actress, Rosamund Hanson.

Looking forward to 2018, Michael has photo shoots coming up and he will also launch The PROMise project, a competition which will see him design and create a prom dress for young ladies from local school for free, which will be donated through the foundation.

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Photo credited to Joseph Owen

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