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Fashion on Film: Movie Trivia, The Devil Wears Prada


If you’re a fashion junkie like us, you probably loved the film The Devil Wears Prada. And what’s not to love? They had us at Prada, really! But there’s so much more about the film that’s pure evil genius. The movie’s both a classic summer comedy and a salacious sneak-peak into the glamour-filled world of high fashion. Then, there are the quotable lines delicious enough to satisfy the inner bitch in all of us. And let’s not forget the costuming straight off the runway, or the storyline complete with a good-girl-reigns-victorious ending. Oh, and did we fail to mention the wicked perfection that is Meryl Streep as the devil herself (or Anna Wintour, as it were)?

Need we say more? As we anxiously await the release of the formidable September Issue from Vogue (sort of like a kid counting down the days until Christmas), we thought it was the perfect time to dust off the DVD cover or fire up the Netflix account and give The Devil Wears Prada another whirl. But, before you do the same, check out this trivia we’ve uncovered from around the internet about the film, which is sure to add to your sinful pleasure.

Did you know that:

The Devil Wears Prada is based on the book of the same name by Lauren Weisberger. The book sold a million-plus copies and spent 10 weeks at the top of the New York Times bestseller list.

Of course, everyone knows the character of Miranda Priestley (Meryl Streep’s character) is based on Vogue Editor Anna Wintour. The character of Andy Sachs (played by Anne Hathaway) was based on Wintour’s former assistant, Plum Sykes, who worked with Weisberger at Vogue.

A sequel to the novel was published in 2013, entitled, Revenge Wears Prada.

The film received positive reception from film critics and the public alike and was a box-office hit in the summer of 2006.

Meryl Streep greeted Anne Hathaway on the first day of film by saying, “I think you’re perfect for the role. I’m so happy we’re going to be working together....That’s the last nice thing I’ll say to you.”

Wintour was not on the invitation list for the premiere. However, she showed up at an advanced screening dressed in Prada from head-to-toe, of course.

It’s reported that Wintour liked the film, especially Meryl Streep’s “decisive nature”.

The Vogue Editor’s nickname in the fashion industry is reportedly, “Nuclear Wintour”.

Recently, Wintour and Hathaway were seen at the same celebrity event and it’s rumored that they did not cross paths...on purpose .

A million dollars worth of clothing was borrowed from top designers for the film. Costume Designer Patricia Field’s budget was a measly 100K.

Casting directors auditioned over 100 sets of twins for the roles of Miranda’s daughters.

Valentino is the only designer to appear in the movie. Others were invited, but declined.  It’s rumored that Wintour warned fashion designers that they would never grace the pages of Vogue again, if they made cameo appearances in the film.

Heidi Klum, Nigel Barker and Ivanka Trump appear as themselves, while Giselle Bundchen agreed to act as long as she did not have to play a model.

Helen Mirren and Kim Basinger auditioned for the part of Miranda.

Claire Danes and Juliette Lewis were considered for the part of Andy.

When we are first introduced to Miranda in the film, she is carrying a bag from Prada.

Meryl Streep had the idea of doing the divorce scene without makeup.

Our favorite line is when Emily says to Andy, “You sold your soul to the devil when you put on your first pair of Jimmy Choo’s. I saw it.”

Are you a Devil Wears Prada fan? Think you’re an expert? Put your knowledge to the test with a trivia quiz about the film. 

Watch The Devil Wears Prada on Netflix DVD 

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