Jean Gritsfeldt at Podium fashion show on Novy TV channel

The shooting of Podium, a Ukrainian adaptation of an American reality television series Project Runway, has begun.

Get used to a new word on Ukrainian television. Mentor is an instructor who gives guidance in making clothes in the workshop (by the way, to complete the task the designers are given 8 hours), supports at the backstage before the show and carries along in tense moments.

– We’d been looking for someone experienced but young for this role, a person who’d be in tune with our participants, – says Martina Makeeva, the producer of the show. – There was a line in the application form «Your favourite Ukrainian designer». And guess whose name featured most of all? Jean Gritsfeldt. That’s how we got the idea who’d become our mentor.