Duriong each week of «Making The Cut,» the contestants are given an assignment that they have to make a couture and ready-to-wear design for. The themes for the projects vary from festival wear to evening wear to social media content. The contestants are under a time limit to design, create, and send their looks down the runway for the judges.
Zamboni said the biggest challenge on the show was creating everything within those time restrictions, but the most stressful part was hearing what the judges thought about their designs and waiting to see who would be sent home. «That was the most stressful part … because until you stand in front of them, you don’t know what they think about your designs,» Zamboni said.
Of the panels, while they were under pressure, Zamboni said it wasn’t as stressful because all the designers helped each other out. «We had a really, really good relationship. We all cared about each other and helped each other. It was more of a helping-each-other kind of competition. We were … more friends than competitors,» Zamboni said. That also added an element of stress to the judging because they went into it knowing themselves or someone they were close to could be eliminated. «[We] were always together and always not nervous until that point we had to stand in front of the judges. Then it got real,» Zamboni said.