"The Collection" Premieres October 8
In post-World War II, Paul Sabine is restoring Paris as the fashion capital of the world. His dresses are a sensation, and only his shady past and an inconvenient corpse block his way to success. Dressing up was never so dazzling — or dangerous. The first 90-minute episode alone is packed with sexy dresses, murder, mystery, tense dinner parties, a secret birth, late night photoshoots, upset models, marriage troubles, risky investments, tarot card readings, family plots and much more.
Focusing on the Sabine family, composed of business-savvy Paul (Richard Coyle, The Fall), his wealthy American wife, Helen (Mamie Gummer, The Good Wife), and his brilliant but dissipated designer brother, Claude (Tom Riley, Da Vinci’s Demons), The Collection also stars Frances de la Tour (Harry Potter) as Paul and Claude’s overbearing mother, Yvette, who will stop at nothing to advance her boys’ careers — often to their dismay. The series also features Jenna Thiam (The Returned) as Nina, the seamstress with a secret and a future in modelling; Max Deacon (Hatfields & McCoys) as Billy, an American photojournalist on a mission to record the vitality of postwar Paris; Alix Poisson (Last Love) as Charlotte, the ambitious head saleswoman at the Sabine studio; and featuring Michael Kitchen (Foyle’s War) as Paul’s mentor, Frederic Lemaire. The first season is seven episodes long and will air at 10pm from Sunday, October 8, through Sunday, November 19, on ThinkTV16 and CET.
Set in 1947, The Collection captures a turbulent era in French history, when partisans hunted down Nazi collaborators and anyone with something to hide shunned the past and embraced the future. Fashion became the perfect expression of this impulse to look ahead. Wartime rationing, drabness, and erotic restraint gave way to alluring displays of color, form, and fabric in women’s clothes — for those who could afford them. In The Collection, the Sabine family firm is at the forefront of this exciting but ruthless pursuit, and Paul has been chosen by the French government to lead the battle to reclaim the nation’s preeminence in the couture world. Widely regarded as the genius behind his studio’s stunning designs, Paul is in fact purveying the work of his brother, Claude, an unbridled sensualist who can’t restrain his amorous impulses. In free moments, Claude works in a frenzy to sketch new gowns, often consigning them to the wastebasket, where they are retrieved and turned into the Sabine collection’s latest sensations.
The beautifully shot series won accolades during its UK debut in 2016, with The Telegraph (London) calling it “possibly the most glamorous series on TV,” The Guardian (London) finding it “captivating … glossy and murky at the same time,” and The Huffington Post praising its large cast as “first-rate from top to bottom.”
Let the cast and creator of The Collection introduce you the stylist, murderous world of the post-war Paris fashion scene in this video…