LA Fashion Week success sparks career shift for Ilkeston designer

Michael Wallace, from Ilkeston, with designers Anne Edwards (left) and Susan Nininger (right). Photo contributed.
Michael Wallace, from Ilkeston, with designers Anne Edwards (left) and Susan Nininger (right). Photo contributed.

An Ilkeston-based designer has achieved his ‘American dream’ after his latest collection took centre-stage at LA Fashion Week, with the trip sparking a new career pathway.

Michael Wallace, 26, turned heads at one of the most prestigious fashion events of the year, attracting interest from famous costume designers such as Susan Nininger and Anne Edwards, whose designs have featured in films including The Bodyguard, American Horror Story and Chucky.

And after spending a week in the big city talking to famous designers for TV and film, Michael has been inspired to pursue a shift in career.

Originally specialising in couture wedding and evening gowns and expanding to create a men’s and children’s collection, the young designer now aspires to extend his work into the costume design industry.

Michael said: “Spending so much time with Susan and Anne, who are remarkable costume designers and women who are well known in the industry, has really been an eye opener for me.

“I still want to continue selling the lines I’ve already established, but costume design would be a really fun and creative avenue for me to explore as it’s quite glamorous dealing with film and TV because of the celebrities and events.

The only British designer on the catwalk, Michael made a glowing impression and frequently dined with Susan and Anne throughout his stay.

They also discussed him joining The Costume Union - an exclusive guild for designers who often go on to be selected to do costumes for Hollywood blockbusters.

The House of Michael Wallace owner also impressed celebrities from all over the globe, with famous Brazilian actress, model and TV personality Jennifer Pamplona requesting to wear one of his dresses to an upcoming red carpet premier.