You can catch all the episodes of Amazon’s fashion-focused reality show “Making the Cut” on Amazon Prime Video. If you are a fashion guru or love a good competition, this show was made for you.
Thinking of whether or not to binge-watch “Making the Cut?” Here’s all you need to know about the show.
About “Making the Cut”
“Making the Cut” is a fashion show hosted by “Project Runway” alums Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn. Set in Los Angeles, the series follows selected fashion designers from around the globe as they compete to be the next global fashion brand. The winner receives $1 million prize money, one-year mentorship with Amazon Fashion, and an opportunity to sell their collections in Amazon’s “Making the Cut” store.
The series is produced by Amazon Studios and SKR Productions with executive producers Heidi Klum, Tim Gunn, Sara Rea, Jennifer Love, and Page Feldman.
What is the Difference Between “Project Runway” and “Making the Cut?”
While “Project Runway” and “Making the Cut” are quite similar in that they are both fashion competitions seeking to provide a platform for designers to significantly boost their careers; the shows differ slightly in the following ways:
- The Contestants: Perhaps the major difference between both shows is that the designers featured in “Making the Cut” are more advanced and established than the ones you get to see on “Project Runway.” According to show host Tim Gunn, “‘Project Runway’ is the undergraduate program, ‘Making the Cut’ is the graduate and Ph.D. program.”
- The Budget: While the winner of “Project Runway” receives $250,000 prize money, the “Making the Cut” winner receives $1 million.
- The Locations: “Project Runway” was shot in New York, but the huge budget behind “Making the Cut” means the contestants get to visit top fashion hubs like Paris, Tokyo, and New York City.
- The Seamstresses: The designers in “Making the Cut” enjoy the luxury of having a seamstress per variety who assists in constructing the designs. This is not available to the “Project Runway” contestants.
- The Business Angle: “Making the Cut” combines creativity with business and branding as the winning designs from each episode are made for purchase on Amazon.
- The Judges: Some of the biggest and most sophisticated names in the fashion industry are on “Making the Cut” unlike “Project Runway.”
Will There Be a Season 3 of “Making the Cut?”
Affirmatively, “Making the Cut” is returning for a third season. The news was made public by Prime Video on April 13, 2022.
“I am excited for “Making the Cut” to return this summer for its third season,” said Klum in an official statement.“ This season’s fashion far exceeded our expectations, and there are so many amazing looks that I cannot wait to wear myself,” she added.
Gunn also added, “After watching the success of our past designers, including winners Andrea Pitter and Jonny Cota, I’m tremendously excited for fans to see what this season’s enormously talented group of designers has in store.”
The new season is set to premiere on Prime Video in the summer — no date announced yet — and will feature a new set of 10 designers and entrepreneurs from around the world.
All About the Hosts and Judges of “Making the Cut”
The duo of Tim Gunn and Heidi Klum are set to co-host “Making the Cut” for the third season running. However, the show has featured a couple of different judges across seasons one and two — so we’ll likely see more new faces.
From what we know so far, only two judges have been revealed for the upcoming season — Nicole Richie and Moschino creative director Jeremy Scott, both of whom are making a second appearance on the show having featured in seasons one and two, respectively.
Richie was a judge in the first season alongside Chiara Ferragni, Carine Roitfeld, Naomi Campbell, and Joseph Altuzarra. Scott, on the other hand, judged the second season alongside Winnie Harlow.
Here’s a little info about the hosts and judges we have seen so far on the show.
Timothy MacKenzie Gunn — Tim Gunn for short — is an American actor, author, and television personality. Gunn chaired the department of fashion design at Parsons School of Design for more than two decades. The famous fashion consultant was a mentor on the reality TV series “Project Runway” from 2004 to 2018 before leaving to host “Making the Cut.”
German-American model and television host Heidi Klum rose to prominence in 1998 when her photograph appeared on the cover of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition. A year later, Klum became a Victoria’s Secret Angel, a role she held until 2010. She’s appeared on “America’s Got Talent,” and was a host on “Project Runway” and “Germany’s Next Top Model ” for 16 and 17 seasons, respectively. Her work on “Project Runway” earned her six Emmy nominations.
Nicole Richie is the adopted daughter of American songwriter Lionel Richie and his wife at the time, Brenda Harvey. The American television personality was one of the five judges in the first season of “Making the Cut.” Richie is the creative director for House of Harlows.
Chiara is an Italian fashion designer, model, and blogger. She launched her fashion blog, The Blonde Salad, while studying for a degree in law in 2009. In recent times, Feragni has gone from being a blogger to an entrepreneur. In September 2017, she was ranked first on Forbes list of “Top Fashion Influencers.”
Carine was once editor-in-chief for Vogue Paris and a Gucci consultant. Currently, the French fashion icon oversees content creation for CR Studio publishing and perfume empire. Roitfeld has over two million followers on her Instagram page.
Naomi Campbell is perhaps the most famous of the judges on the series in its inaugural season. The British actress, singer, and supermodel began her modeling career at age 15 and has built herself a name in the industry. Campbell is internationally recognized as one of the ‘Big Six’ supermodels. She has well over 12 million followers on Instagram.
39-year-old Joseph Altuzarra is a French-American clothing designer. Altuzarra launched his brand, which is named after himself, in 2008. The luxury womenswear designer is widely accepted as one of the most gifted designers of his generation. He is popular for his role on the documentary-style TV show, “The Fashion Fund.”
Jeremy Scott is the creative director of the Italian fashion house, Moschino. The American fashion designer also has a fashion label named after himself. Scott is very active on social media, with a following of more than three million users on Instagram. He will feature as a judge in “Making the Cut” season three.
Chantelle Whitney Brown-Young — professionally known as Winnie Harlow — is a Jamaican-Canadian fashion model. Harlow gained prominence in 2014 when she competed in the television series “America’s Next Top Model.” She is the spokesperson for Vitiligo, a skin condition she was diagnosed with at age four. Harlow has over nine million followers on Instagram.
Season two featured celebrity guest judges like Prabal Gurung and Shinoa Turini. According to Amazon Studios, the upcoming season will also feature top fashion industry VIPs as guest judges.
All About the Winners of the First Two Seasons of “Making the Cut”
“Making the Cut” seasons one and two were won by Jonny Cota and Andrea Pitter respectively. Here’s a little highlight of how the contestants performed on the show and what they are doing after winning the prize money.
“Making the Cut” season one winner Jonny Cota is an American fashion designer based in Los Angeles. Before participating in the show, Cota worked as the creative director of DTLA’s iconic fashion brand, SKINGRAFT, a company he co-founded with his brother Christopher in 2008.
Cota, 35, displayed tremendous confidence and drive throughout the competition, as well as an openness to feedback. No doubt, these strong leadership qualities must have contributed to his success through the 10-episode show. In the final episode, it was a nip and tuck affair between Cota and Berlin-based fashion designer Esther Perbandt. However, in the end, Cota emerged as the winner.
Upon winning the prize money, the LA-based fashion designer launched the Jonny Cota label — of course, SKINGRAFT still remains.
In an interview with the Los Angeles Times, when asked what impact the show had on his business and career, Cota remarked, “During the show, our sales jumped about 500%.” And about the effect of the show on his career, Cota added, “…I think that “Making the Cut” has just cut about 10 years out of my career path and it’s given me this major boost that I couldn’t have gotten if I’d just continued on the same path.”
Jamaican-American fashion designer Andrea Pitter won “Making The Cut” season two. The New York-based veteran bridal designer made an impression from the moment the show premiered as her design caught the eye of co-host and judge, Heidi Klum. Klum remarked, “I have a good feeling about this.”
It appears Klum’s gut instinct was right after all as Pitter made it all the way to the finale, and ultimately beat the other finalists, Gary Graham and Andrea Salazar, for the prize money.
Following her victory, Pitter launched a 600-square-foot boutique in Row DTLA which coincidentally is the creative retail hub where “Making the Cut” season one winner, Jonny Cota has his store. Talk about doing big things after winning a competition and Andrea Pitter’s name readily comes to mind.
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