The Educational Merits of ‘The Devil Wears Prada’

June 21st, 2006 // 8 Comments

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


By Miu von Furstenberg

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  2. Stella

    Meryl is beautiful in that picture. This woman can’t make a wrong move, except that dumb ass movie with Rosanne Barr.

    P.S.- Cee Cee, you need a life if your greatest calling is to be first on a blog message board.

  3. i loved that book. can’t wait to see the movie.

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  5. missnee

    i’m sorry, but she devil is the best movie ever. they really stuck it to ed begley jr.

  6. black betty

    YEAH! She Devil was hilarious! Meryl Streep held that movie together….I wanna be her in that movie! LOL!

  7. topsyturvy8

    no matter how bad the movie … SHE DEVIL, DEATH BECOMES HER, THE RIVER WILD … Streep is ALWAYS worth watching!!

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