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Wednesday, February 29, 2012

(Who) The Devil Wears Prada

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I have to admit I only watched The Devil Wears Prada, because I generally admire strong independent women. I've always been fascinated by their ability to be a professional of exceptional standards, and at the same time to be able to create a home and a family. Anna Wintour is one such woman, who's managed to rise up into the status of a fashion-industry icon, and rightfully so. The daughter of a  newspaper publisher, her only goal in life from day one seems to have been the Chief Editor position in American Vogue. And now there's a movie about her life, as portrayed by Meryl Streep. 

I don't personally know anyone who wears Prada (hence the title), but the movie was interesting for several reasons. It shows in detail the frantic lifestyle of the people in the fashion industry, always on their toes, looking good, and for those who haven't quite worked their way up the social ladder, always with a lump of paranoia in the back of their throat. The main character is a young woman, who's lost her job, and is in need of a new one, so she stumbles into the offices of Runway (in reality Vogue, only edited for copyright reasons) and right into the field of vision of the Chief herself - Miranda Priestly (A.W.) played by Meryl Streep. Somehow she manages to get the job through some unexplainable kind of act of benevolence on behalf of the demi-god of fashion, and that's where all her troubles start. Because, apparently she doesn't know the first thing about fashion.

The rest of the movie deals with her mishaps and little victories in becoming the Editor's trusty little secretary, cat fights arise from questions as trivial, as who should have the privilege to arrange miss Priestly her dinner reservation, or who should be the one to hang her coat in the closet. For a movie, based on the cultural icon of Anna Wintour, though, The Devil Wears Prada does a pretty good job building up a protagonist, whose idea of success is nothing more than being a glorified piece of help.

Other than that it's definitely entertaining and worthwhile, if you don't have your expectations too high. If you're like me more interested in the actual real-life story, than the made-up plot, you can look up the documentary http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_September_Issue


  1. Haha, I remember watching this. It was pretty funny.

  2. I like strong women too but I never watched this.


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