Amazon U.K. Orders Period Fashion Drama from ‘Ugly Betty’ Showrunner

LONDON — Amazon Prime Video in the U.K. has ordered period fashion drama “The Collection” from “Ugly Betty” showrunner Oliver Goldstick.

The eight-part series, which is set in the world of French haute couture just after World War II, has been commissioned by Amazon and BBC Worldwide from producer Lookout Point.

“The Collection” is the story of an illustrious Paris fashion house, emerging from the dark days of the Occupation, now ushering in a new golden age of design and business. The family saga centers on two very different brothers, and “exposes the grit behind the glamour and the treachery beneath the trappings of this empire, and all who work there,” Amazon said.

The series is created, written and executive produced by Goldstick, whose credits also include “Lipstick Jungle” and “Pretty Little Liars.” The other executive producers are Anne Thomopoulos (“Rome,” “Borgia,” “Versailles”) and Kate Croft (“Murderland”). Federation Entertainment’s Pascal Breton (Marseille) has signed as French co-production partner.

The creative team includes director Dearbhla Walsh (“Penny Dreadful,” “The Tudors,” “Esio Trot”), producer Selwyn Roberts (“Parade’s End,” “Strike Back”), production designer Alison Dominitz (“Casanova,” “Hotel Splendide”), costume designers Chattoune & Fab (“Dheepan,” “Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky”) and casting director Rachel Freck (“The Go-Between,” “Life in Squares”).

The project starts production in January, filming in both Wales and France. It will receive investment from the Pinewood Wales Investment Budget as well as Pinewood.

Goldstick said: “’The Collection’ has been a passion project of mine for years; an entrepreneurial fable set in a pivotal moment in history, where fashion served as the ultimate vehicle for transformation and re-invention. It’s the story of a war-scarred family — upstairs and downstairs — tethered together by its success and its secrets.”

Croft said: “Out of our shared passion for the world and the period, Oliver has created his extraordinary vision of Paris and the golden age of couture. It’s full of his signature flourishes, and his unique take means we get to peek behind the elegant facade and realize it is not just about the dresses, but more about what they are covering up.”

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