The Educational Merits of ‘The Devil Wears Prada’

While premieres begin for “The Devil Wears Prada” and its stars make the requisite publicity show stops, here’s another reason for you to catch the chick flick of the summer. Veteran NY Times fashion writer Ginia Bellafante calls the movie a very accurate representation of the fashion industry.

“The Devil Wears Prada” is the first film to take a 21st-century view of fashion, moving beyond the myth of its practitioners as visionaries, revealing them instead as the exacting functionaries they are: those who live and dress and think according to the seasonal edicts of global conglomerates.

So when the fashion assistant works non-stop hours getting coffee and scheduling her editor’s tanning appointments all in the hopes of accompanying Meryl Streep to a runway show, you’re not watching mere popcorn fare. That’s the twisted work ethic you’ll learn to espouse at a fashion magazine. You will get ridiculed for wearing last season’s shoes and blacklisted for owning loafers. Yes, it’s all about status and owning nice villas and going to the same three restaurants in any given city. The movie according to Ginia is no exaggeration so if a career in fashion is what you’re after, maybe you should check it out just to be sure.

Written by Ann John


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