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Making the Cut

Making the Cut

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  • Premiered: 
    March 27, 2020
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  • Network: Amazon
  • Category: Series
  • Genre: Reality
  • Type: Live Action
  • Concept: 
  • Subject Matter: Talent
  • Tags: fashion

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    Season 1

Plot Synopsis

Hosted by Heidi Klum & Tim Gunn, MAKING THE CUT brings together an international group of 12 talented entrepreneurs and designers who are competing to turn their fledging brands into the next big global phenomenon. A team of famous fashion experts join Heidi and Tim as judges, including Naomi Campbell, Nicole Richie, Joseph Altuzarra, Carine Roitfeld and Chiara Ferragni. In challenges that will take them to New York City, Paris and Tokyo, these hopeful designers must prove they not only have excellent design skills, but the ability to run all aspects of a global fashion business to walk away with the $1 million prize to invest in their brand. Winning looks from MAKING THE CUT will be shoppable on Amazon immediately following each episode. The series is produced by Amazon Studios and SKR Productions, and is executive produced by Sara Rea, Page Feldman, Heidi Klum, Tim Gunn and Jennifer Love. MAKING THE CUT premiered Friday, March 27, 2020 at 3:01am ET/12:01am PT, as Amazon Prime Video released the first two episodes.

The 12 designers are:

Sander Bos (age 24; Hasselt, Belgium): Featuring avant-garde inspired looks, Bos is a young designer who runs his namesake line. Raised in a small town in Belgium, he is a graduate of the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp and is eager to make his mark on a global scale.

Rinat Brodach (35; New York City): Brodach was a fan of fashion from an early age while growing up in in Israel and later came to the US to study design. Her eponymous line features a minimalist chic, gender-free aesthetic, reflecting her own straightforward personality. She recently dressed Billy Porter for the Critics' Choice Awards and her designs have also been worn by Laverne Cox and Adam Lambert.

Ji Won Choi (26; New York City): The Parson graduate is a designer of elevated, active streetwear that she sells under her namesake brand and has collaborated with Adidas, with pieces worn by Beyonce and Kendall Jenner. Born in Seoul, South Korea, raised in Oklahoma, and educated in New York City and Paris, her work is a reflection of how Choi sees herself in the world.

Jasmine Chong (31; New York City): Born and raised in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Chong is the owner of her self-titled feminine ready-to-wear line, has previously shown at NYFW and her line has been featured in a number of fashion magazines. Inspired by her seamstress grandmother and her fashion designer mother, she is focused on creating beautiful clothing that appeals to all body types.

Jonny Cota (35; Los Angeles, CA): The self-taught owner of the elevated streetwear brand Skingraft, Cota produces two men's and women's ready-to-wear collections yearly and has shown five times at New York Fashion Week. In addition, he has dressed celebrities including Nicki Minaj and Beyonce.

Martha Gottwald (28; Richmond, VA): The Louisiana native and mother of two is owner of the womenswear brand Neubyrne and has been featured in British Vogue and shown at NYFW. Like Gottwald herself, Neubyrne embraces color and whimsicality. The survivor of a near fatal car accident that taught her about strength and endurance, she is a relatively new designer who was inspired by artisans she met in Singapore.

Troy Hul Arnold (34; New York City): An adjunct professor at Parsons, Hul Arnold was born in Trinidad and Tobago before coming to the US as a child. His brand, Hul Arnold, features minimalist, avant-garde menswear inspired looks for women; one of his designs was worn by Sarah Jessica Parker on Glee. Hul Arnold takes an artisanal approach to his fashion, and he refers to his pieces as functional sculptures.

Joshua Hupper (38; Shanghai, China): Founder of BABYGHOST, a wildly successful e-commerce fashion brand based in China, Hupper's designs have been featured in Vogue and on runways around the world. His line features youthful, feminine ready-to-wear fashions for the "mischievous girl." Originally from Columbus, Ohio, Hupper's talents were shaped by his artistic upbringing and internships with Diane Von Furstenburg and Thakoon.

Esther Perbandt (43; Berlin, Germany): Founder and namesake Esther Perbandt was born and bred in Berlin, toughened up in Moscow and polished in Paris. Owner of her eponymous line, which features edgy, menswear-inspired separates, Perbandt has created more than 30 collections over the brand's 15 year history and has been running her highly successful boutique in Berlin for ten years. As an artist, she has also collaborated on countless music, film and theatre projects.

Will Riddle (31; New York City): Riddle's design skills, featuring a modern take on old glamour, have led to a series of impressive jobs, including Atelier Director at Oscar de la Renta, 3.1 Philip Lim, and now men's designer at Kith -- a far journey from growing up in a trailer park in Ohio. With an impressive resume under his belt, Riddle is ready to start his own label.

Sabato Russo (64; Milan, Italy): A seasoned designer with a 25-year career in the industry, Russo is owner of the brand Satorial Monk, which focuses on high end simplicity. A former model who is able to speak four languages, Russo has a global point of view that is reflected in his sophisticated, timeless looks. Russo is currently working on his "Made in Italy" line entitled Sabato Russo.

Megan Smith (38; Los Angeles, CA): Born and raised in Kansas City, KS, Smith first discovered her love of fashion design while creating clothes for her Barbie dolls. After designing private label for several major bands and retailers, Smith branched out and launched her own line "Megan Renee." The response to her first runway show during Los Angeles Fashion Week was so overwhelming, she launched her online boutique to sell her collections to customers worldwide. Her line features feminine, 70's inspired cocktail attire.

Cast

Production & Distribution

  • Produced by Amazon Studios
  • Produced by SKR Productions