Ilkeston fashion designer plans spectacular Christmas show

Fashion designer Michael Wallace is bringing his Autumn/Winter 2018 collection home for Christmas.
Fashion designer Michael Wallace is bringing his Autumn/Winter 2018 collection home for Christmas.

A fashion designer from Ilkeston will unveil his latest couture collection in time for Christmas to coinicide with the launch of his own charity.

Michael Wallace, 27, will reveal his bespoke creations for men, women and children in a special catwalk showcase at St Mary’s Church in Nottingham on Friday, December 8.

The event will be the first held in partnership with the Michael Wallace Foundation, a charity which will raise money for good causes throughout the region.

Michael said: “I could’ve just done a regular fashion show, but I wanted it to really mean something.

“I’ve focused on making it all very local as I’ve built myself and studied here in Nottingham, Ilkeston and the surrounding areas.”

The designer has travelled the world with his work, earning positive reviews at some of the biggest events in the international style calendar including LA Fashion Week.

More recently, he won a Nottingham Dragons’ Den contest to help him further develop the business.

He said: “I’ve had this Christmas show in my head for about three years now, but I never really had a reason to do it.

“The idea started when I heard the Annie Lennox version of God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen, and it really struck me. I like things when they’ve been twisted on their head a little bit.”

Models will be displaying three collections designed for Autumn/Winter 2018: the Archive Collection, a Menswear Collection and Christmas Couture.

The audience will enter a winter wonderland of Christmas trees, festive scents and a live choir.

Michael said: “I’m aiming to create an overall experience that will be exciting both visually, and for the other senses.”

VIP tickets are available at £50 for tables of two, including a bottle of champagne, gift box and table service, while standard tickets cost £15 - with a share of the box office going to the charity.

Tickets will be on sale soon via St Mary’s Church. For more details, email