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From the Vault: 'The Devil Wears Prada' by Lauren Weisberger, Starring Anne Hathaway

Anne Hathaway and Meryl Streep in The Devil Wears Prada/Photo © Twentieth Century Fox
Anne Hathaway and Meryl Streep in The Devil Wears Prada/Photo © Twentieth Century Fox

Lauren Weisberger's The Devil Wears Prada is a delightfully dishy novel about the all-time most impossible boss in the history of impossible bosses, Miranda Priestly. And the inspiration behind the character is clear. Ms. Weisberger began her career in a low-level position at Condé Nast, home of GQ, The New Yorker, Vanity Fair, and, of course, Vogue. But Miranda Priestly is not the editor of Vogue, oh no, she’s the editor of Runway. Anna Wintour is the editor of Vogue. Or was it the other way around? Despite Ms. Weisberger’s unforgiving portrait, Streep brings to the character of Miranda Priestly a kind of complexity and humanity that does not just lend the editor a heart, but the movie one as well.

As we well know, Anne Hathaway loves a good Cinderella Story. In The Devil Wears Prada, Hathaway plays Andrea Sachs, a small-town girl fresh out of college, who lands the job “a million girls would die for." Andy, as she prefers to be called, finds herself in an office that shouts Prada! Armani! Versace! at every turn, a world populated by impossibly thin, heart-wrenchingly stylish women and men. With breathtaking ease, Miranda Priestly turns each and every one of these hip sophisticates into a scared, whimpering child. Ultimately, it is Andy who learns to grow up.

Though initially disheartened by the novel, Wintour noted, "Anything that makes fashion entertaining and glamorous and interesting is wonderful for our industry. So I was 100 percent behind [the film]." Anna Wintour attended the New York premiere. Wearing Prada.

The film stars Meryl Streep, Anne Hathaway, Emily Blunt, Adrien Grenier, and Stanley Tucci. 2006 Academy Award® Nominees: Best Actress (Meryl Streep), Best Costume Design (Patricia Field).

 

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