The Project Runway motto "one day you're in and the next day you're out" matched a little too perfectly to host Heidi Klum and mentor Tim Gunn. Project Runway is now airing Season 18 on Bravo, but fans still miss Heidi and Tim. The pair left after Season 16, before the Lifetime show made its move back to Bravo with a new host and mentor. Why did they leave Project Runway? To start their own show, Making the Cut, on Amazon. That show is finally ready to premiere March 27 on Amazon.
To promote Making the Cut during the TCAs, Heidi Klum explained why she decided it was time to jump ship from Project Runway, and convinced Tim Gunn and producer Sara Rea to jump with her.
And so they jumped together, and called Sara Rea, who is now the executive producer of Making the Cut.
Making the Cut has several differences from Project Runway. For one thing, it's global and instantly shoppable, with the winning look from each episode available on Amazon Fashion in the Making the Cut store. The winning designer from the finale will earn a $1 million prize to invest in their brand, and an opportunity to create an exclusive line on Amazon Fashion.
That Amazon can afford something like a $1 million prize -- and send designers around the world -- was part of the appeal over Project Runway. As Heidi Klum added:
In terms of how her hands felt tied at Project Runway, Heidi Klum mentioned the show set up a formula in Season 1 that they felt compelled to continue in Season 2 and beyond.
Each winning look on Making the Cut will cost around $100 or less, and the inclusive sizes are said to go from triple-X small to triple-X large, and some actually extra-large.
The 10-episode fashion competition series will visit New York, Park, and Tokyo, with designers facing challenges that test their abilities to run an entire business. Unlike Project Runway, Making the Cut will show designers working with seamstresses -- so they won't have to sewn their own garments.
That was something Tim and Heidi had to get used to, since construction is always key for designers on Project Runway. As Tim Gunn put it during the TCA winter press tour:
Heidi Klum said she's living proof that designers don't need to sew themselves:
Joseph Altuzarra is one of the judges and he said it was very exciting to him that Making the Cut wasn't going to be a sewing competition, it was about finding the next global brand.
Other judges on Making the Cut include Naomi Campbell, Nicole Richie, Carine Roitfeld, and Chiara Ferragni. Making the Cut premieres March 27, 2020, with two episodes airing weekly over the course of five weeks only on Amazon Prime Video (opens in new tab). Keep up with everything premiering in early 2020 with our handy TV schedule.
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