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New Drag Competition Series ‘Sew Fierce’ Shines A Spotlight On Drag Designers & Costumers

Eight designers will compete against each other in weekly challenges to create new dragged up looks in the hopes of taking home a cash prize…

Sew Fierce, a new competition series premiering this week on OUTtv, will showcase the craft of drag in all its glory. The new reality show features eight designers and costumers competing against each other in weekly challenges to create fabulous new looks for up-and-coming drag artists in the hopes of taking home a cash prize of $10,000 if they win the season.

The eight-episode series is hosted by noted Canadian drag artist and DJ Barbada De Barbardes (who drag reality show fans might remember from Call Me Mother) hosts, with Toronto-based Jaime Lujan (also known as Lucinda Miu) serving as a design mentor throughout the competition.

Sew Fierce is a first of a kind show, taking viewers behind the scenes of drag costume,” said Philip Webb, COO of OUTtv. “The talent of the designers is second to none and we’re excited to take viewers on a fabulous journey through fashion and costume within the lens of drag.”

“The creativity of the contestants exemplifies the drag spirit and talent within the community,” added host Barbada de Barbardes. “Each one of the designers brought their own stories and experiences to each of their designs and I can’t wait to show the world their talent in all its glory.”

ABOVE (L-R): Sew Fierce contestants Dianna DiNoble and Missy Morrow

The first season of Sew Fierce includes eight incredibly fierce (pun intended) contestants: Bebe Brunjes, a non-binary, genderfluid designer and performer currently based out of Toronto who has worked behind the scenes and in the spotlight in both theatre and television for over a decade; Benjamin Toner, a costume designer who began his fashion career in 2019 and now works internationally on film, television and stage productions of all shapes and sizes; Dianna DiNoble, a Toronto-based fashion designer who has been creating bespoke corsetry and one-of-a-kind gowns under her label ‘Starkers Corsetry’ for 30 years (p.s. you can read our profile of Dianna from IN‘s Jan/Feb 2022 issue where she dishes on her career and creating looks for your fave Drag Race queens); Missy Morrow (also known as Miss E/Madame Absinthe), a model and seamstress extraordinaire who has years of sewing experience for local performance artists, cosplayers, actors, award winning bands, burlesque dancers, drag artists – and everyone in between; Seven MacLennan-Nobrega, a proud agender, demisexual, transmasc lesbian who began their costuming journey in 2015 at Fan Expo Canada and has been obsessed with making the craziest fan creations and exploring their creativity and skills ever since; Kyle Sherwin a self taught creator (who created his own drag persona Edie Violet in 2019) who specializes in well-constructed, hard-wearing dance performance- wear and more structural, tailored pieces inspired by the golden age of haute couture; Rich “Gidget Galore” Kuntz has costumed, wigged, and dressed many shows and special events in and around Central Florida at theme parks and theatres; and Terrence Henderson, who now works in the fashion industry as a technical designer, focusing on fit and construction, using his eye for details and skills as a pattern maker to create dynamic apparel of all kinds and custom looks for a wide variety of private clients from stars of RuPaul’s Drag Race to Grammy nominated artists and socialites.

Guest appearances on the show include Evan Clayton, Priyanka, NIQ van der Aa, Spikey Van Dykey, Chad Hurst, Kiki Coe, Stephanie Benadetto and The Villbergs.

The first season of Sew Fierce premieres on Friday April 14, 2023 on OUTtv.

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