Upcoming fashion designer Michael Wallace who previously studied fashion and textiles at New College Nottingham is flying the fashion flag for our city as he returns to Hollywood.
The former winner of a Dragon’s Den style competition has been compared to Paul Smith after receiving a three thousand pound grant for his business.
Competing against seven other entrepreneurs to win financial backing, he surprised the panel by bringing along a group of models and staging a fashion show.
After impressing the judges, he will now be showing off his new designs during Los Angeles fashion week later this year.
Fashion designer Michael Wallace is working on new designs for LA fashion week
He aims to use the funding to help grow his business, ‘House of Michael Wallace’, which designs men’s, women’s and children’s couture.
Michael went to Hollywood two years ago to do a fashion show on Valentine’s day which was his first time in America. Ever since he has been asked to attend other fashion shows in the US and will be returning to Hollywood for Los Angeles Fashion week.
“I learnt to sew when i was 6”
Michael claims to always have a passion in the fashion industry from a young age. He studied a BTEC in fashion and textiles and then attended Nottingham University to do a fashion interpretation and practice degree. After excelling in his degree, he moved to London for two years to continue his training.
Michael Wallace, 26, says: “I was obsessed with fabrics, silks and how they felt from a very young age, my mum would take me to the shops and would leave me next to a rack of silky skirts and said I would just sit there rubbing the material for hours.”
Michael followed in his grandmother’s footsteps as she was a seamstress.
He said: “I was obsessed with my Grandma’s sewing machine but she never let me use it until I was six years old. She showed me a few techniques on the machine and I loved it. I used to try and make my own with a set of Meccano on wheels.”