I’ve always loved the film The Devil Wears Prada (2006), costume designed by Patricia Field, and production designed beautifully by Jess Gonchor. The film stars Meryl Streep as an Anna Wintour type with Anne Hathaway as her fledgling assistant.
The Devil Wears Prada cerulean monologue stands alone in my mind as the best scene in the film. It brings meaning to the world of curation, design, taste, and aestheticism to the average Joe who thinks none of this affects them.
The fact is: whether it is fashion, film, interiors, graphics, architecture, or industrial design– design affects everyone.
So with all of that being said, check your lumpy cerulean sweater at the door, and you can watch or read this epic cerulean sweater monologue below.Miranda Priestly: This... stuff? Oh, okay. I see, you think this has nothing to do with you. Click To Tweet
The Devil Wears Prada Monologue Transcript
Miranda Priestly: Where are the belts for this dress? Why is no one ready?
Jocelyn: Here. It’s a tough call. They’re so different.
Andy Sachs: (snickers under her breath)
Miranda Priestly: Something funny?
Andy Sachs: No. No, no, nothing’s… you know, it’s just that… both those belts look exactly the same to me. Y’know, I’m still learning about this stuff, and uh… (giggles uncomfortably)
Miranda Priestly: This… “stuff”? Oh, okay. I see, you think this has nothing to do with you.
You… go to your closet, and you select… 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 blithely unaware of the fact that, in 2002, Oscar de la Renta did a collection of cerulean gowns, and then I think it was Yves Saint Laurent, wasn’t it?… who showed cerulean military jackets. I think we need a jacket here.
Miranda Priestly: 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 of countless jobs, and 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 a sweater that was selected for you by the people in this room… from a pile of “stuff.”
Video: The Devil Wears Prada Cerulean Monologue
Is The Devil Wears Prada blue cerulean sweater monologue your favourite design-focused scene in a film? What’s your favourite line in a film about film, art, or design? I’d love to know your thoughts in the comments below.
[…] My first class is called Practicum in Fashion Business. Warning: I adore this class because it is exactly what it sounds like: We analyze Chanel’s brand history and compare the business models of Kylie Cosmetics and Savage x Fenty. Like most of my classes, the practicum is discussion-based, so the three hours go by as fast as they can. We begin today’s discussion with a presentation on the past, present, and future of fashion criticism. Then one idea leads to another, and we find ourselves watching a scene from everyone’s favorite movie, The Devil Wear’s Prada, where Miranda is offended by Andrea’s lack of knowledge on the significant differences between the different shades of blue, specifically about Oscar de la Renta’s 2002 collection dedicated to cerulean gowns. […]
Several years ago I heard a seventh grader do this scene for a forensics competition. He was brilliant. You are right, this monologue stand alone as its own brilliant star. And Meryl Streep’s performance is perfect.