Fashion artisan Ian Frazer Wallace graduated from university in 1991, where he studied alongside his current business partner Joel Moore. Ian initially designed for a broad range of fashion companies in the commercial sector, designing everything from sportswear for high street brands such as the Arcadia Group plc through to eveningwear for wholesale brand Ariella. However his passion for creation succeeded his love for design, and in the early nineties he launched his own successful label Hustle & Coke designing and producing extreme clubwear. Whilst showcasing his brand globally, he met the celebrated Spanish metal couturier and corsetiere Manuel Albarran, who mentored Ian in the traditional artistry of corset making. Ian worked with Manuel on various costume projects from showcasing work at The Royal Albert Hall to assisting him on the costumes for the worldwide Lavazza advertising campaign.
In 1995 Ian commenced employment at the world’s leading department store, Selfridges, heading up a large team of master tailors and couture seamstresses. During his eighteen-year career at the helm of Selfridges fashion workroom, he mentored his team and developed the bespoke service to stay ahead of trend with the ever-changing face of fashion. He perfected his skills for fit, form, fabric and construction, dissecting and re-constructing some of the world’s top luxury brands to the highest quality.
Ian also took on many creative projects outside of the retail sector. His passion for preserving traditional English craftsmanship is his driving force, and is evident in all of his creative work. Everything from tailoring to embroidery and corsetry to macramé, Ian’s desire to make craftsmanship relevant and to inspire future generations of designers to ensure these skills remain alive, is clearly evident in all his work. He has created corsetry and luxury commissions for many of London’s innovative designers, from Bora Aksu through to Ziad Ghanem and more recently headed up the Couture team for the inspirational brand Sorapol. He has taught Clothing Construction on the MA course at Kingston University. He was also one of the founding members of the wearable tech company Studio XO, following a collaborative project working with celebrated wearable tech experts Nancy Tilbury and Benjamin Males, creating and constructing costumes for The Black Eyed Peas world tour. He has also worked as costume maker on the Disney remake of Malificent, and more recently Cinderella. In addition to this, he is chief costume maker for international burlesque star, Miss Immodesty Blaize, creating transformative couture gowns for her innovative stage performances.
In his capacity as partner at The Whitechapel Workhouse, Ian now wants to focus solely on creating costume and couture for the industry, and creating a positive environment in which to mentor clients in clothing construction and the importance of craftsmanship in fashion.