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The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Making the Cut, which reunites Project Runway's Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn, is an upbeat fashion competition that focuses on both design and fashion retail. There's bleeped cursing, and models are often shown partially dressed, in their underwear, or wearing sheer garments (any nudity is blurred). The show focuses on making and marketing garments that satisfy consumer demand around the globe, and Amazon plays an integral role in reaching audiences. There are lots of references to popular designers and publications like Vogue, and the winning looks are immediately available for purchase on Amazon.com.
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What's the story?
MAKING THE CUT is an international fashion competition seeking to find the designer who has what it takes to build a global brand. Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn reunite to host 12 successful entrepreneurs and designers who will travel around the world, create high-concept and wearable garments, and feature them on runway shows. Klum, along with models like Naomi Campbell, designers like Nicole Richie and Joseph Altuzarra, and fashion editors like French Vogue's Carine Roitfeld, judges the creations. The winner of each challenge has the commercial version of their look featured immediately on Amazon.com for purchase. The winner of the overall competition receives mentorship to help grow every facet of their business, a million dollars to invest in their brand, and the chance to market it to consumers worldwide via Amazon.
Is it any good?
This entertaining competition series offers some creative designer fun along with a glimpse into the commercial world of retail fashion. It feels nostalgic thanks to the happy return of Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn, who quickly settle into their iconic roles as hosts, mentors, and judges made famous by Project Runway (no references are made to that series). However, unlike Project Runway, Making the Cut requires contestants to push the boundaries of design without losing sight of the fact that their creations need to be understood and appreciated by the consumer to be commercially successful. Rather than watching contestants bicker as they sew garments from start to finish, viewers are introduced to a workroom process that looks more like that of a fashion business, which relies on off-screen garment stitchers and other makers to sew pieces based on the designers' patterns and technical instructions.
The partnership with Amazon gives Making the Cut a commercial edge, but given the show's overall theme about how to cultivate a successful retail business, the massive global retailer is a fitting participant. Meanwhile, the exchanges between the judges are limited, and their conversations with the designers are much less dramatic than the last-minute mishaps, glamorous runway shows, and outfits that completely miss the mark. Project Runway fans will appreciate the upbeat fun, and there's no doubt that a new generation of fashion-themed TV lovers will find Making the Cut a good fit.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about Making the Cut's focus on designing clothes for the consumer. What does it mean when something is deemed "commercial"? How do clothing designers use their high-concept visions to create garments that people will buy for everyday use?
Fashion-themed television is very popular among teens, but it often features lots of clothing brands and retail outlets, and encourages people to buy. What can we do to help teen viewers understand when they are being marketed to?
If you've watched Project Runway, what does Making the Cut do differently? Which do you think is more entertaining?
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