Devil Wears Prada – The Creative World and a Damn Good Movie

You know that song Suddenly I See by KT Tunstall? You know, the one that starts out with the lyrics, “Her face is a map of the world/Is a map of the world/You can see she’s a beautiful girl/She’s a beautiful girl”? Well, whether you know the song or you don’t, whenever I hear this song my mind instantly thinks to the film The Devil Wears Prada. And why does it instantly go to this movie? Well, this song is used in the opening credits of this amazing Meryl Streep film. It’s the very first thing you hear and because of that, as well as the fact that it’s just such a good damn movie, how could my mind not trace back to this opening sequence? If it doesn’t happen to be a movie you’ve seen though and if your mind doesn’t work in this hear a song, name the movie it’s in, type game mine is always playing, then here’s the quick gist that comes with this song and this film.

When this music begins to play, the audience is introduced to the main character Andy, played by Anne Hathaway, and she’s busy getting ready for her first day on a job. One swipe of the fogged up bathroom mirror and it’s clear that Andy is nowhere near the next series of images we see accompanying KT Tunstall’s upbeat song. This means that Andy doesn’t even come close to the life of the rich, black laced, escorted in a limo around New York City, model we see in the other frames. Andy walks around her one room apartment in a white towel, all while these well toned models confidently stroll around their pent house closets, taking all the time in the world to pick out just the right thing. It’s frames of complete opposites that flash across the screen, yet all of these woman shown are getting ready to go do exactly the same thing. The only difference here, other than the money of course, is that one of these ladies is still living in the world with a certain “creative mind”. This one woman, is obviously Andy.

The rest of the film plays on and we of course just see more instances that showcase this theme of Andy clearly not fitting into this mega fashion world. But why doesn’t this character of Anne Hathaway’s fit into this black and white, up all night, working with out bathroom breaks type world? At least from the way the film shows her, it’s because Andy wants to be a writer. She wants to use this job at an iconic fashion magazine for the sake of money while she works her way into a position more fitting of her passion and personality somewhere in the writers world. And the people Andy surrounds her self with outside of this fashion office won’t be helping to change that mindset either since they share the same thinking in terms of this new high class, free roam yet cubicle lifestyle of Andy’s. Her boyfriend is a chef, her best friend is an exhibit painter, and her other friend is the free spirit of the group with no definite job. They try to convince Andy through out the film that this stressful job isn’t worth her time, that these moments in the high power office won’t get her anywhere. However, what these friend’s of Andy’s, as well as Andy herself, don’t quite seem/want to understand is the fact that this fashion world she’s thrown herself into is actually somewhat of a “creative world”.

Sure, Andy may be required to punch into a time clock because her job title is that of Miranda Priestly’s secretary, the role Meryl Streep takes on brilliantly. However, those working around Andy, Miranda included, are working in a world that seems very similar to what Ross describes in “Jobs in Candyland: an Introduction”.

The magazine that Andy works for is titled Runway, and the real life equivalent is defined as being Anna Wintour’s Vogue. With Runway, Andy doesn’t see a place like the recreation room in Boston’s Razorfish office that Ross shows on page 73. There is no Cereal Bar like the workers experience at the Pixar studios. However, there is still this world where minds of creativity come together and these minds have such a similar desire for creativity that it’s reached the point where working 24/7 doesn’t come across as tough labor. This world of fashion is a passion for them, a passion that has grown inside of them since they were very young, and they wouldn’t be able to imagine doing anything else. So where Andy might see these late hours as ridiculous, while her best friend might see Miranda’s constant need to be in her office well past midnight disgusting, they may have actually seen things differently had it been physical art being made in these offices rather than fashion. Had it been a painting Miranda Priestly had been designing with her partners rather than a wardrobe, had she been working in a downtown basement rather than the top floor of a New York City sky scraper, then maybe these creative minds around Andy would have shown a little more understanding and respect.

No, the attitude that Meryl’s character Miranda has may not be the easiest thing for someone to handle. And sure, if it had to do with fashion I would also find it crazy to still be at work come 2 a.m.. But that’s just it. Because it’s something my creative mind doesn’t connect to doesn’t mean that I can’t step back to register the fact that if I applied the situation to something different, apply this same work atmosphere to a music world maybe, then you’d absolutely see me feeling more comfortable with the idea. It’d be easy for my mind to take things seriously, even at a 3 a.m. work hour, if the job were applied to music. This employment world where creativity plays such a huge role, it should never come across as absurd when a workforce is so dedicated to one thing, in one place, at one time. Otherwise, we wouldn’t have these amazing things such as Razorfish, Google, Disney and ect.. As Ross explains on page 51, “The experience you gain here may provide you the ability to transform your environment! You’re more alive than you can possibly imagine!” Or, as Racorfish’s own recruitment literature promised: “Invent/reinvent your career…by living on creativity’s cutting edge”.

Just like when I hear those first notes to Suddenly I See, for some reason when I read Ross’s “Jobs in Candyland: An Introduction”, my mind instantly jumped to the world created in the film Devil Wears Prada. Like I said, it may just be because I’m to amazed by the film that it was simply a distraction or the magazine Runway in the movie was actually an example of how a creative white-collar atmosphere can function. Either way, you should just watch The Devil Wears Prada tonight. I mean, after writing this and sadly getting goose bumps just thinking about Meryl Streep’s belt dissing scene, it’s for sure what I’ll be doing.

A clip for you to enjoy because my gosh! IT’S JUST SO GOOD!

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