Ilkeston designer’s clothes to feature in Hollywood show

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A fashion designer from Ilkeston will see his designs hit the catwalk in Hollywood this weekend in a pre-Oscars fashion show.

Michael Wallace, 24, from Shipley View, is taking his collection to America for the House of Icons’ fashion show where he will showcase his delicate Gothic collection.

Michael, a former pupil ay Granby Junior School and Ormiston Academy, flew out to LA yesterday and was nervous about show as it was his first outside of the UK.

He said: “Going overseas is quite an adventure. I’m already nervous to see what the audience is like over there. It will be interesting to see how they receive me and my style.”

Michael will take two of his collections, one featuring white ivory, the other solid black. At least six of his 11 pieces will feature in the show. They include lace and religion-inspired pieces in a ‘Catholic Gothic’ style with an edge.

He said: “I’m being recognised which is good.

“I’m trying not to have too high expectations. It would be nice to get a job after but I am going with an open-mind. If I go with expectations I could be very disappointed. Everybody keeps saying to me it’s going to be my big break but I’m trying not to listen.”

The event will be held at the haute couture For The Stars Fashion House, in Melrose Avenue, and lifestyle broadcasting channel FashionTV will be there.

Michael, who won emerging designer of the year last year at the Midlands Fashion Awards, has always had a passion for fashion and was taught to sew by his grandma at the age of six. His designs include a wedding dress, priced at £1,000.