In “The Devil Wears Prada”, the character played by Meryl Streep is partly based on Anna Wintour. The aura of the powerful editor-in-chief of Vogue US was also a source of pitfalls for the film crew.
The devil wears Prada : a ruthless universe
Released in 2006, The devil wears Prada is the adaptation of the eponymous book by Lauren Weisberger. To write it, the novelist has inspired by her experience as an assistant Anna Wintour, editor-in-chief of Vogue US since 1988 and a figure considered the most powerful woman in the world of fashion.
In the feature film, Vogue bECOMES Runway, Prestigious publication managed with watchmaking precision by Miranda Priestly (Meryl Streep) from the Manhattan offices. After an expeditious interview, she decides to hire Andrea Sachs (Anne Hathaway) as a new assistant. Freshly graduated from Nothwestern University, the latter dreams of becoming a journalist and does not hide her contempt for high fashion brands.
Immersed in a universe whose codes she has absolutely no command of, Andrea must adapt to the requirements, to the unpredictable requests and to the icy tone of her superior. Undergoing the stares of her colleagues, starting with those of Emily (Emily Blunt) – Miranda’s other assistant, the young recruit quickly thinks of throwing in the towel. Until Nigel (Stanley Tucci), artistic director at Runway who takes her under his wing, reminds her that millions of people would kill to be in her place.
The devil wears Prada is nominated in two categories at the Oscars in 2007: Best Actress for Meryl Streep and Best Costumes. Simon Baker and Adrian Grenier complete the cast of this comedy-drama by David Frankel (Marley & Me).
The fashion world in panic
On the occasion of the fifteenth anniversary of the film, Entertainment Weekly organized a meeting published on June 14 with the members of the team. Lauren Weisberger, David Frankel, Meryl Streep, Anne Hathaway or Emily Blunt have thus confided on the backstage of the feature film. Anna Wintour’s spokespersons, on the other hand, declined the invitation.
Influence and reputation of the editor-in-chief created pitfalls at different stages of production. Screenwriter Aline Brosh McKenna recalls in particular:
I had a really hard time finding someone from fashion who could talk to me because people were afraid of Anna and Vogue, and didn’t want to be blacklisted. There is one person who spoke to me, whose name I will never release, who read (the script) and said to me, “The people in this movie are too nice. No one in this world is too much. nice. They don’t have to be, and they don’t have time to be. ” After that I did a new overhaul to make everyone more overwhelmed and mean.
Elizabeth Gabler, former president of Fox 2000, specifies that figures in the Hollywood industry feared that the dramatic comedy would scratch the image of Anna Wintour. The arrival of Meryl Streep nevertheless helped to alleviate their fears, as she explains:
She was so admired and respected that they figured Meryl was going to do her own version of the role, that she wasn’t going to play a parody of anyone.
Director David Frankel assures his side that the Metropolitan Museum did not want to contribute to the scenes around the charity gala based on the Met Ball, an annual event chaired by Anna Wintour.
A little too realistic details
Without wanting to tarnish the aura of his model, The devil wears Prada hear however reveal truthfully your work environment. The description of daily life in the offices of Runway thus recalled memories to the novelist Lauren Weisberger:
The scenes where the driver calls and she (Miranda) walks into the office and everyone goes into absolute panic. It is the daily madness that I think it was important to transcribe… There are a lot of things that are very close to reality.
David Frankel adds:
The only contact we had with Vogue was from Jess Gonchor, the decorator, who snuck into their offices to take a look at Anna’s… He was able to recreate the office with so much authenticity that ‘I was told that Anna redecorated hers immediately after the movie was released.
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