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' Masters of Sewing ': cutting, making and a few drops of blood

A clothing program is not the same as a fashion show, and the premiere of TVE's new space was an effort to make it clear

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' Masters of Sewing ': cutting, making and a few drops of blood
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"For me, sewing is my life." This sentence, pronounced in first minutes of initial program of teachers of seam, made fear that space that this Monday premiered 1 of TVE in prime time inherited emotional exaltation uninterrupted of Operation Triumph, production that up to Last week occupied same time slot. However, it was a mirage. At least in his first installment, this new project has stood out for considerable caution when it comes to managing emotions of its protagonists and has been concerned to show m doing things instead of saying m.

In that regard, and in many ors, sewing masters does not disguise his debt with MasterChef. Not in vain are ir leaders — producer Shine Iberia, who has adapted British format Great British sewing Bee — are same. Also your storyline. It is enough to substitute kitchen by sewing to come up with a recipe — or a pattern, to continue with sartorial rhetoric — perfectly recognizable: Amateur contestants, individual, collective and elimination tests, at end of which expelled is leaving Closing his sewing and picking up his seal.

Here re are also three judges who, like fairies of Sleeping Beauty, bring different virtues to creature: rigor in case of The Dressmaker Lorenzo Caprie, originality in that of designer Maria Escoté and passion in that of Alejandro Gómez Palomo, Alma of firm Palomo Spain and Milagro Millennial International outreach. They represent three generations of Spanish fashion, and also three ways of understanding it. Caprie, tanned as a radio and television collaborator, seems comfortable before cameras, improvises and solves with ease his role as guardian of essences. Escoté and Gómez Palomo compensate for ir lack of audiovisual experience with a dose of empathy and character that aspires to balance scales, even in spite of burden of reciting a somewhat ceremonious script at times.

It is striking — and honest — that, throughout two-and-a-half hours that lasted first episode of Sewing Masters, word "fashion" was seldom pronounced, and term "designer" practically never. The referential world in which contest moves is that of seam or, more accurately, that of everything that has always been called "cutting and dressmaking". Here objective is not to find geniuses of catwalks, but skillful craftsmen and decisive able to mount on mannequin a straight dress (individual test), a pursed coat of Manuel Pertegaz (collective test) and a transformation from a Sweatshirt (elimination test).

The contestants of ' Masters of Seam ' in a group photo.

The contestants ' profile — if y were "aspirants" in MasterChef, here are "apprentices" — abounded in that variety. There is an aspiring enfant terrible who prints shirts with effigy of his alter ego drag, but also a teacher of religion, several housewives, a head of tailoring that does not sew, a pedigree embroiderer, a gas station employee, a model or two twins catechists That share mobile phone. The selection resulting from 10,000 candidacies that were presented to castings is mainly self-taught, motley and with some will manners: before sewing, some are entrusted to Holy Spirit and ors to earthquake of Alcorcón. The case is to be entrusted. Preferably in front of camera. The spectacle, in that sense, arises from most unlikely. It should not be forgotten that, in general terms, a dressmaker's workshop is less exciting than kitchen of a restaurant, even by difference of time: Sew a hem, interlining a piece, cut a pattern and put an invisible zipper are arduous tasks, Precise and even poetic, but not frantic. In this respect, masters of seam knows how to take advantage of dramatic turns that have popularized, among ors, documentaries that French filmmaker Loïc Prigent has filmed in workshops of Chanel, Louis Vuitton or Versace, and that show that, first of all, Fashion is a world where re is never enough time for anything.

In first episode of Sewing masters re were parts to redo in limited time, small catastrophes, haste, team conflicts, nervous breakdown, iron burns and many punctures. In fact, to attend first bloodshed did not have to wait or first Test, because a contestant was injured on finger just open sewing. It all points out that intrigue — why not, magnified — will be a fundamental element of following deliveries, but also didactic dimension, as showed overprinted labels on screen explaining to viewers what was a armhole, a Interfacing, a base pattern, a bustle, a bobbin, a cut to ̄ wide or a yoke. In this sense, it is commendable that sewing masters aspire to portray mysteries of clothing without resorting to grandiloquent. No sign of parades, front rowsers, influencers or styles Redeemers, with exception of invocations to Queen Letizia, Beyonce and Katy Perry during presentation of jury. There was, however, a tribute to Manuel Pertegaz, and everything points out that set will parade Spanish designers – first, Ana locking – who rarely peek at prime time. It is certainly one of most meritorious aspects of a space that, against all odds, argues that fashion is where it always was: in sewers. It's good to remember.

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