Tim Gunn on reuniting with Heidi Klum for ‘Making the Cut’

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Tim Gunn says “Making the Cut,” the new Amazon series he will present with Heidi Klum, is the result of his discontent at the direction of his previous project, “Project Runway.”

“Heidi and I have wanted to make changes to” Project Runway “for quite some time,” Gunn, 66, tells The Post. “We were joined in that desire by the r Project Runway” showrunner for the past eleven seasons, an amazing woman named Sara Rea. And the network did not move, they said: “This is a success, people like the format, we are not going to change anything.”

Gunn and Klum appeared on the 2004-2017 fashion design reality show (Klum as their host; Gunn as the designers’ mentor). They were not part of the revamped version that returned to Bravo in 2017 with hosts Karlie Kloss and Christian Siriano.

“When” Project Runway “left Lifetime and returned to Bravo, Heidi and I snuggled up and said,” This is the opportunity. “This is the time when we can do what we really want to do,” says Gunn.

At “Making the Cut” (premiere on Friday), Gunn and Klum host a fashion design contest in which 12 designers from around the world compete for a $ 1 million prize and the opportunity to present their collection to a wide audience on Amazon. Over the course of 10 episodes, the designers showcase their work in front of a panel of judges that includes Naomi Campbell, Nicole Richie, Carine Roitfeld, and Joseph Altuzarra.

Unlike “Project Runway”, “Making the Cut” turns away from emphasizing sewing skills to emphasize brand importance and global reach (jumps between New York, Paris and Tokyo).

“We wanted to take it to a higher level, we wanted it to be global, we wanted it to be no longer a sewing competition but what it really takes to be a success in this industry,” says Gunn. “You have to be a brand.”

Among the designer and fashion show segments, “Making the Cut” features vignettes of Gunn and Klum performing various activities in Paris, including fencing.

“They were wonderful,” says Gunn. “Heidi and I are not going to sit in a hotel room. We think: ‘Let’s go out to Paris, and if the cameras want to follow us, let them follow us.’ The plot does not advance, but it is fun.”

Because it was filmed last summer and fall, “Making the Cut” was unaffected by the coronavirus pandemic, which has shut down most of the television industry.

“We were in Paris and Tokyo in June and July, and then we went back to New York for the finale and that was in September,” says Gunn. “So it was long before this pandemic. And we hope that people who watch the program will follow our path once it is safe to travel again. “

And even though Gunn and Klum had not worked together in front of the camera since they left “Project Runway” in 2017, they don’t see this show as a reunion.

“In ‘Project Runway’ we had such completely separate roles that we barely interacted,” he says. “In ‘Making the Cut’, we are together all the time. So that interaction is also a big difference in show building. We talked all the time, so I never felt like we were apart, and we knew we had something great leaking So we were never really separated and committed to implementing this vision together. We united at the hip.

“I keep pinching myself, we actually made the dream come true.”