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A gripping family drama and entrepreneurial fable, set in a post-war Paris fashion house. It exposes the grit behind the glamour of a rising business, spearheaded by two clashing brothers.

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Series cast summary:
Richard Coyle ...  Paul Sabine 8 episodes, 2016
Mamie Gummer ...  Helen Sabine 8 episodes, 2016
Tom Riley ...  Claude Sabine 8 episodes, 2016
Alix Poisson Alix Poisson ...  Charlotte 8 episodes, 2016
Jenna Thiam ...  Nina 8 episodes, 2016
Max Deacon ...  Billy Novak / ... 8 episodes, 2016
Frances de la Tour ...  Yvette Sabine 8 episodes, 2016
Alexandre Brasseur Alexandre Brasseur ...  Victor 8 episodes, 2016
Rosie Jones ...  Patricia 8 episodes, 2016
Bethan Mary-James ...  Juliette 7 episodes, 2016
Irène Jacob ...  Marianne 7 episodes, 2016
Poppy Corby-Tuech ...  Dominique 7 episodes, 2016
Melanie Walters ...  Genevieve 7 episodes, 2016
Sarah Parish ...  Marjorie Stutter 5 episodes, 2016
James Cosmo ...  Jules Trouvier 4 episodes, 2016
Allan Corduner ...  Inspector Bompard 4 episodes, 2016
Matti Houghton Matti Houghton ...  Elodie 4 episodes, 2016
Juan Carlos Martínez Antuña Juan Carlos Martínez Antuña ...  Servant 4 episodes, 2016
Stanley Townsend ...  Stan Rossi / ... 3 episodes, 2016
Jacob Fortune-Lloyd Jacob Fortune-Lloyd ...  Cesar 3 episodes, 2016
Sophie Harkness ...  Sister Marguerite 3 episodes, 2016
Mark Stanley ...  Marc 3 episodes, 2016
Nathan Stewart-Jarrett ...  Lewis 3 episodes, 2016
Holly Weston ...  Flor 3 episodes, 2016
Georgie Glen ...  Mother Superior 3 episodes, 2016
Rosie Boore ...  Josette 3 episodes, 2016
Audrey Bastien ...  Colette 2 episodes, 2016
Michelle Gomez ...  Eliette Malet 2 episodes, 2016
Patrick Kennedy ...  Gambon 2 episodes, 2016
Emily Bruni ...  Simone / ... 2 episodes, 2016
Lynn Hunter ...  Eloise 2 episodes, 2016
Victoria Maclean ...  Multiple Characters 2 episodes, 2016
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THE COLLECTION is a gripping entrepreneurial fable set in France just after the Second World War. An ambitious designer is tasked to restore Paris' supremacy as the haute couture capital. His fresh vision will usher in a new romantic era lifting the post-war gloom and paving the way for optimism and romance. But can this business, spearheaded by two clashing brothers survive meteoric success? Dark secrets threaten to topple this empire at any moment; internal rivalries and betrayals, hateful bargains made to survive the Nazi occupation, and the twisted secret behind the master's success. The staff of the atelier survived one devastating war, but another looms, where personal battles and passionate love stories set family against family and the past against the future. Written by Amazon Studios

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Nothing bold or magnificent is built from fear

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Drama | History | Romance

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10 February 2017 (USA) See more »

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A Coleção See more »

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Wales, UK See more »

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The Vivien Leigh/Robert Taylor movie poster that Billy photographs as a gift for Nina is for 1940's Waterloo Bridge. Its French title, La Valse dans l'ombre, translates as "the waltz in the shade." See more »

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Referenced in The Simpsons: Krusty the Clown (2018) See more »

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I Love Paris
Music by Cole Porter
Lyrics by Cole Porter
Performed by Etta Jones
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Loving it
23 August 2017 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

Someone hated this so much he or she went through and gave everyone who liked it a "not useful." Nothing should inspire that much hate - nothing nonhuman, anyway.

"The Collection" from Amazon is a series starring Richard Coyle, Tom Riley, Mamie Gummer, and Frances de la Tour. Set in post-war Paris, Paul Sabine runs a fashion house with the goal of bringing glamour back to Paris and to bring the fashion center of the world back there as well.

His brother, Claude, is the actual designer of the fashions, and the arrangement is that to the public, Paul is the designer and his brother stays in the background. They both barely tolerate their overbearing mother, Yvette, a conniving and manipulative woman.

There are several subplots, the main one being Claude's dalliance with a sailor that leaves him badly beaten and leads to all sorts of trouble for the fashion house. There is also a reporter (Stanley Townsend) digging around for information on what Paul Sabine did during the war. A worker turned model, Nina (Jenna Thiam) has a secret, as does the right hand of the house, Charlotte (Alix Poisson). Meanwhile, Paul's wife (Mamie Gummer) attempts to hold onto her husband and mollify Claude.

For some reason, when a series involving fashion is done - The Time in Between, Velvet, as two examples - the era chosen is post-war. The clothing is dazzling in this, and there's mystery, family dynamics, and intrigue present as well. The first season ends on a real cliffhanger.

There's nothing not to love.

I do have one quibble regarding another review on the site. People who live in France and who are French are speaking French. They are not speaking English with a French accent, which is a reason why many of these actors, who are British, speak with British accents. It doesn't matter. They're speaking French.

I read this complaint that the actors don't have the proper accents time and time again about old films, where so many of the '30s and '40s films are set in other countries. In Chekov's plays, the characters are speaking Russian, but outside of Russia, the plays are performed in other languages. Should those people be speaking with Russian accents?

The acting is uniformly good in "The Collection," with Frances de la Tour a standout, though the two brothers, played by Coyle and Riley, are wonderful. Another actress, Poppy Corby-Tuech, who plays Dominique, is exquisitely beautiful. Mamie Gummer rocks her elegant outfits and is excellent as Paul's unhappy wife. And as the desperate model Nina, Jenna Thiam gives a sympathetic performance.

Highly recommended. Can't wait for season 2.


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