I’ve always loved the film The Devil Wears Prada (2006), production designed beautifully by Jess Gonchor, and starring Meryl Streep as an Anna Wintour type with Anne Hathaway as her fledgling temp assistant. I love the film as a whole so much but the below monologue stands alone. It brings meaning to the world of curation, design, taste, and aestheticism to the average Joe who thinks none of this affects them.
Check your lumpy cerulean sweater at the door.
The Devil Wears Prada Monologue
Miranda Priestly: Something funny?
Andy Sachs: No, no, nothing. Y’know, it’s just that both those belts look exactly the same to me. Y’know, I’m still learning about all this stuff.
Miranda Priestly: This… ‘stuff’? Oh… ok. I see, you think this has nothing to do with you. You go to your closet and you select out, oh I don’t know, that lumpy blue sweater, for instance, because you’re trying to tell the world that you take yourself too seriously to care about what you put on your back. But what you don’t know is that that sweater is not just blue, it’s not turquoise, it’s not lapis, it’s actually cerulean. You’re also blindly unaware of the fact that in 2002, Oscar de la Renta did a collection of cerulean gowns. And then I think it was Yves St Laurent, wasn’t it, who showed cerulean military jackets? And then cerulean quickly showed up in the collections of eight different designers. Then it filtered down through the department stores and then trickled on down into some tragic “casual corner” where you, no doubt, fished it out of some clearance bin. However, that blue represents millions of dollars and countless jobs and so it’s sort of comical how you think that you’ve made a choice that exempts you from the fashion industry when, in fact, you’re wearing the sweater that was selected for you by the people in this room. From a pile of “stuff.”
Clip from the Film
What’s your favourite line or monologue in a fiction film about film, art, or design? I’d love to know your thoughts in the comments below.
Rose Lagacé | @artdepartmental