What Not To Wear: 7 Behind The Scenes Secrets
The TLC show What Not to Wear was a huge hit back in the early 2000s and it lasted for a whopping 10 seasons! That’s quite an impressive feat! The U.S show on the TLC network was based off an original UK version created back in 2001 by the same name. It ran from 2003 until March of 2013 when it was announced the show would end after the tenth season. Hosted by high profile fashion consultants, Stacy London and Clinton Kelly, each episode features participants nominated by their friends or family to receive a full wardrobe makeover with the spending limit of $5,000. It’s only been three years since the series ended, but we’re still interested! Here’s a closer look at the series with 7 behind the scenes secrets from the show!
7. Clinton and Kelly Aren’t Around that Much
Some participants who’ve gone on the show have stated that Clinton and Stacy were around to help throughout the entire two-day filming process; however, there have been others who’ve said that they got most of their help from personal shoppers and stylists. One contestant who was particularly vocal about it was Casey D., who was portrayed as the Philly trans firefighter on What Not to Wear back in 2013. She claimed that while Stacy and Clinton were extremely nice, there wasn’t much interaction. “What you saw on camera was pretty much my entire interaction with [Stacy and Clinton]. There was very little off-camera interaction. It wasn’t like they were avoiding me, they just wanted them to give genuine, fresh reactions to how I looked,” said Casey.
6. The Clothes are Mended and Tailored Ahead of Time
Ever wonder how the participants go into these clothing boutiques and every piece of item they try on fits perfectly? In the real world it doesn’t happen like that! There’s a lot more trial and error. While the contestants do go to real stores and pick out real clothes, the outfits are tailored and mended to fit them perfectly so that when they are filming there’s not much wasted time. All of this cutting and sewing just isn’t shown on camera.