This is a clip from the Devil Wears Prada in which Meryl Streep’s character not only criticizes, but breaks down the historic and theoretical layers behind what Hathaway’s character is wearing to prove that while she is not making an effort to be fashionable, her choices in what she wears are still strongly influenced by the very pinnacle of the fashion industry.

This relates back to our first reading on Lipovetsky and the democratization of fashion (or lack thereof). We had discussed how Lipovetsky theorized that due to the onset of ready-to-wear, fashion had become “of the people, for the people.” However, fashion is not really “of the people.” It is of the elite (in this instance, the office of Miranda Priestly in Devil Wears Prada), who are forecasting and making decisions about trends which start with couture and trickle down to Kmart.

Not only is this one of my favorite scenes, I think it exquisitely summarizes the hierarchy of fashion that still exists today. Watch the video and listen carefully. Let me know your thoughts!

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  1. I couldn’t agree more! Perfect example of Lipovetsky’s thoughts and our class discussion about “the people”. The scene quickly explains how just a blue sweater has been merchandised and designed and imitated repetitively in order to achieve the title of “just another blue sweater”.

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