Doncaster Queer Eye TV star Tan France teams up with Alexa Chung for new Netflix fashion show

Doncaster Queer Eye TV star Tan France has teamed with model Alexa Chung to present a new Netflix fashion show.

Monday, 3rd February 2020, 6:05 pm
Updated Monday, 3rd February 2020, 6:06 pm

The 36-year-old, who was born and brought up in Doncaster, has paired up with the modelling icon turned TV host for a new fashion competition series called Next In Fashion - which aired on the streaming service on Wednesday.

The high-fashion competition show is similar to hits like Project Runway in that designers will compete week to week in different challenges.

Speaking to Buzzfeed, the pair discussed how the eagerly-anticipated programme differs from other fashion contestant shows.

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Tan France and Alexa Chung have teamed up for the new TV series.
Tan France and Alexa Chung have teamed up for the new TV series.

Tan explained: 'We have established designers from the likes of Stella McCartney, Alexander Wang and Louis Vuitton, they are seasoned designers that just haven't been given the platform... we want to make them household names.'

Alexa added: 'It's less of a gimmick and more a representation of what actually goes on in the fashion industry.'

Although the show starts out with 18 designers, these numbers will quickly dwindle as the judges decide who has what it takes and who doesn't.

The stakes are high for the talent competition, as it is offering the winner $250,000 and the opportunity to display their collection with Net-a-Porter, an online store offering a curated selection of designer wear.

All 10 episodes of the competition show aired on January 29, giving fans the opportunity to binge watch and discover the winner within hours of starting the series.

Tan, who suffered abuse growing up as a gay Muslim in Doncaster, said his experiences in his hometown led to him moving to the USA five years ago.

He said: "I was bullied every day for being a Pakistani and it was a fight for survival every day to make sure people didn't beat the bejesus out of me."

Tan, whose real name is Tanweer Wasim France, studied fashion at Doncaster College and then moved to Manchester before ultimately settling in London.

In 2008 he began working in the United States and he moved there in 2015.

Since then, he has found fame as one of the presenters of makeover show Queer Eye.