The Collection

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  • TV-MA
  • 2016
  • 1 Season
  • 7.0  (2,393)

The Collection is a historical drama set in post-World War II France that revolves around the fictional Sabine family and their prestigious fashion house. The show was created by Oliver Goldstick and produced by Amazon Studios. The Collection premiered on September 2, 2016.

The story takes place in 1947 Paris where the fashion house is operated by brothers Paul and Claude Sabine. The company, which was previously catering to the German women's desire for luxury during wartime, is in need of a new creative director who can take it to the next level. Enter American designer, Billy Novak, played by Tom Riley, who was scouted by Paul Sabine to come to Paris and revive the collection with his innovative designs.

Richard Coyle plays Paul Sabine, one of the two brothers running the fashion house. Paul is depicted as a man with a keen eye for business and aesthetics, yet he is also tormented by inner demons. Throughout the show, he struggles with his sexuality and the loss of his son. He is a complex and intriguing character with a passion for fashion that's rivalled only by his dark personal life, which makes for some riveting scenes.

Mamie Gummer plays Helen Sabine, Paul's American wife. Helen is an American in Paris filled with dreams and ambition. She is the driving force behind the fashion house's expansion into the American market. However, her involvement with the house soon becomes clouded as her strained relationship with her husband is exposed.

The Collection is a sumptuous feast for the eyes, with the lavish Parisian sets and gorgeous costumes that capture the glamour of high fashion during the post-World War II era. The costumes are designed by Chattoune and Fab, who have masterfully captured the elegance and rebellion of fashion during that time. The fashion house collection is filled with luxurious evening gowns, tailored suits, and chic ensembles, paying homage to designers like Dior and Balenciaga.

The show addresses complex social and political issues that plagued France in the aftermath of the war. The Sabine family and their fashion house were directly impacted by the wartime experience which forced them to collaborate with the Nazi regime if they wished to survive. The show keeps addressing the impact of the French Resistance on high fashion and how prepared they were to face another war.

The show has a diverse ensemble cast, with the Sabine family as the central focus. However, the minor characters also have their storylines that add depth to the overall arc. From Nina, the seamstress, Henriette, the house model, to Marianne, the photographer, each character offers a different perspective that enriches the show.

The Collection has an overarching narrative, involving the family who runs the couture house, but individual episodes each offer their storylines. From the showdowns between public figures, the clash of loyalties, to romantic entanglements, each episode serves a new drama that will leave you wanting more.

The one downside of the show is that it only lasted for one season with eight episodes, leaving fans wanting more. It is a show that presents a fascinating mix of history, fashion, and drama that can keep audiences hooked.

In conclusion, The Collection is a captivating historical drama that kept audiences glued to the screen. With gorgeous costumes, complex characters, and an intriguing plot, it represents an enticing mix of fashion and drama. Amazon Studios never continued production, leaving fans yearning for more, even after years of the show's initial release debut.

The Collection is a series that is currently running and has 1 seasons (8 episodes). The series first aired on September 2, 2016.

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The Offer
8. The Offer
October 21, 2016
In the season finale the whirlwind of divisive events vexing Maison Paul Sabine reaches new heights. Fashion is a metaphor for reinvention - but what transformation is possible when secrets are closing in? Paul must fight to keep hold of his empire while Yvette tries to broker peace between her sons, warning Charlotte that shes playing with fire. Bompards investigation gathers momentum, and determined to protect her family, Yvette frames someone else for the crime. Meanwhile when Paul asks Billy to compromise his integrity, Billy questions his whole future in Paris. But he cant leave without Nina. Ninas dilemma is made greater by hope being offered, in her quest for her child. Which future will she choose? While a dazzling celebration swirls in one room, a family unravels in another, with brother pitted against brother, lovers against lovers, and as an arrest is made, Paul Sabine faces up to the demons of his past, and a very uncertain future.
The Betrayal
7. The Betrayal
October 14, 2016
The mood is sombre following a staffers road accident, and Helens attempts to help using her familys medical connections, only raises troubling wartime questions for Paul. Charlotte meanwhile begins her counter attack on the business and threatens to expose Claude as the true genius behind the Paul Sabine label. Pauls efforts to appease his brother fail when Charlotte makes Claude an offer he cannot refuse. Meanwhile Billy tries to contain the encroaching threat from Rossi, and finds help from a surprising quarter. Nina is finally forced to confront the father of her baby, propelling them both onto a new path. The pressure almost becomes unbearable on Paul and the family when Inspector Bompard returns, having made a direction connection between the murder and the fashion house.
The Weekend
6. The Weekend
October 7, 2016
The Maison€™s inner circle are invited to Trouvier€™s lavish chateau, where they toast the alliance in front of influential guests. Everyone is nervous - especially Nina, can she hold her poise beyond the catwalk? With the hostess insisting that Charlotte and Claude join the party, Paul enlists the help of Yvette to manage these unwanted guests. The shocking return of reporter Rossi leaves Paul feeling uneasy and he warns the American to stay away from his wife. Rossi remains undaunted. Helen€™s growing suspicions about Charlotte and Paul are finally confirmed by Yvette and bruising confrontations for Paul ensue. Claude too is forced to face humbling home truths, when his double life and double standards are questioned by Nina. As night falls, the Sabine €œfamily€ is rocked by untimely revelations, surprising alliances, and at least one relationship that may be damaged beyond repair. Could a spurned, humiliated staffer threaten Paul€™s livelihood more than a mud-slinging reporter?
The Afterglow
5. The Afterglow
September 30, 2016
Paul€™s glory is short-lived, and instead of basking in the afterglow of a jubilant show, he is questioned by a detective. Paul plays it cool, but when Claude and Yvette are questioned, Paul has to exercise damage control. The escalating tensions leave Paul trapped between his past and his future. The Maison is tasting success; orders arrive from the rich and famous and the editor of Paris€™ most prestigious fashion magazine, arrives to do a cover story. Claude, encouraged by a new lover, tells Paul he€™s no longer happy to stay in the shadows and wants to take his rightful place at the table. Despite Helen€™s efforts to play peacemaker, Paul worries his brother is becoming a liability. Billy questions his future after a mistake during the show. His paranoia is further fuelled when his camera is stolen and he€™s side-lined by Paul. Nina, still yearning to reunite with her baby, enlists a nun at the convent to help her, and finally reveals the true identity of the father.
The Launch
4. The Launch
September 23, 2016
A detective arrives asking questions about the dead body found on Sabine property, Paul confronts Yvette who is forced to come clean about her crime. All the while the pressure piles on Paul who has everything riding on the new show which is days away. The family secrets continue to drive a wedge in the Sabine marriage; Helen is not prepared to become a €˜silent partner. Complex fears of failure lead Paul to step into dangerous territory with Charlotte. While Nina€™s modelling debut is a triumph, relations between Billy and Nina remain uncertain, and a mistake means Billy fears he will lose his job. A glittering crowd of Paris€™ finest arrive for the launch of Paul Sabine€™s new collection. It€™s a stunning show of feminine, sensual clothes, and Paul is lauded as the new €˜fashion Prince€™. But Claude must watch from the wings. For how long will he let his brother take bows for his work...
The Scent
3. The Scent
September 16, 2016
US journalist Rossi returns to question Paul's former boss and mentor Lemaire, who may choose to expose Paul's wartime secrets rather than his own. In neutralizing both men, Paul is forced to punish those he loves, exposing a crack in his marriage. Meanwhile vendeuse Charlotte is making herself Paul's best asset. Nina returns to the convent where she gave birth, to see her son and is told he's already been adopted by an affluent couple. Devastated, and with nothing to lose, Nina decides it's time to reinvent herself and change her powerless situation if she has any hope of getting her baby back. Under pressure to create the Spring Collection, the Maison is a hive of activity, yet Claude is still not working. Paul sends Claude out to the country cottage with Yvette, and there finds an unlikely new muse, and creates stunning new designs. But at the same time the sailor's dead body is discovered - some secrets won't stay buried forever.
The Dress
2. The Dress
September 9, 2016
The new business marriage with Jules Trouvier, is only hours into its honeymoon, when he and Paul clash over how to run the house. With millions at stake, when Nina is thrust into the unlikely role of a couture model events take a darker turn. Billy takes Nina to Montmartre for a photo shoot. Still ravaged by the war, local vendors turn on Nina, dressed decadently in couture, and an ugly skirmish ensues. This traumatizing encounter cools the budding romance between her and Billy, but helps Nina make a decision about her baby son. Claude recuperating from being beaten up, becomes obsessed with hunting down the sailor who turned on him and has now disappeared. Despite him not working on new designs, Paul will defend Claude€™s vision, and puts his family of blood and business first, despite the risks and the personal cost.
The Deal
1. The Deal
September 2, 2016
1947 Paris. Rising fashion designer Paul Sabine is offered the keys to Paris' fashion kingdom. But he can't do it alone. He needs the help of his volatile brother, Claude, the true genius behind the label. This secret will be kept at any price.
Where to Watch The Collection
The Collection is available for streaming on the Amazon Studios website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch The Collection on demand at Amazon Prime, Vudu, Google Play and Apple TV.
  • Premiere Date
    September 2, 2016
  • IMDB Rating
    7.0  (2,393)