Inside Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn’s ‘Making the Cut,’ Amazon’s Bid for an Escapist Fashion Franchise

  • Variety
Inside Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn’s ‘Making the Cut,’ Amazon’s Bid for an Escapist Fashion Franchise
The Eiffel Tower lights up the velvety night sky. Blue, red and white lights from the traffic below twinkle through the arches of the landmark — the centerpiece of an opulent outdoor fashion show. The bass thumps, the audience hurrahs and models bathed in gold light strut down the runway. Designers weep backstage in grateful disbelief at where they are and what they are doing, lifelong dreams realized.

The scene, from Amazon Studio’s forthcoming design competition series “Making the Cut,” is a postcard from the past. Paris today is a ghost town, streets devoid of people. It is one of numerous cities around the world implementing social austerity measures, allowing its residents to leave their homes only for groceries or other essential needs, in a bid to stop the spread of the novel coronavirus fueling a worldwide pandemic.

These are anxious, uncertain times. And to launch a reality show at this moment,
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