It is the reference film for fashion enthusiasts. “The Devil Wears Prada” will be the centrepiece of a musical to be staged in London in October 2024. While the cast is still a mystery, the music will be written by British singer-songwriter Elton John. This is sure to delight die-hard fans of the book, published 20 years ago, and of its film adaptation, a big hit in 2006.
Although scripted (but very much inspired by reality?), the behind-the-scenes stories of a prestigious fashion editorial office continue to galvanise the crowds.
In 2003, Lauren Weisberger, who had worked at US Vogue as Anna Wintour’s assistant, published the book “The Devils Wears Prada”. Building on its success, the book was adapted into a film in 2006, directed by David Frankel.
An iconic film
The heroine of the story is young journalist Andrea Sachs, a recent graduate nicknamed Andy (played by Anne Hathaway). By a twist of fate, she joins the editorial staff of the flagship magazine Runway as second assistant to editor-in-chief Miranda Priestly (played by Meryl Streep). Although the writer has denied it, Miranda is said to be directly inspired by fashion papilla Anna Wintour.
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Front page photo: Screenshot of The Devil Wears Prada