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The movie isn’t 100 percent based on the book, but Anne Hathaway says it’s close. “We weren’t looking to make a parody of anything—we don’t have anything against the fashion industry. But if we’re going to make a movie about it, we wanted it be as truthful as possible, as believable as possible.”

She continues, “I think that the film is asking us not to smirk at this industry—I think it’s asking us to see it for what it is. It’s not asking us to love it, it’s not asking us to worship it, it’s asking us to just have kind of an insider’s glimpse at it. I think, ideally, in life—it’s not to take fashion as seriously as Meryl’s character does, but also, it’s not good to smirk at things.”

So the message of The Devil Wears Prada is this: the fashion industry is a bottomless pit that will suck you in and make you lose your sense of self. Here at Dish, however, we have to wonder: SO WHAT!? The clothes in the film are simply too gorgeous to waste time thinking about anti-fashion industry sentiments!

What better way to outfit a film about fashion than to borrow wardrobe from real-life top fashion designers, especially when the wardrobe budget is miniscule? None, of course, so that’s exactly what famed stylist Patricia Fields did.

“I definitely did visit my friends in the industry, but that’s not unusual. When you have a big wardrobe movie, there’s never going to be enough budget for it,” said Fields, who became famous by dressing the ladies of “Sex in the City.”

It’s a good thing she has friends in the fashion business, says Streep, “These clothes cost so much money. One of the handbags was $12,000- it’s almost inconceivable to me. There were many, many, many bags that were that expensive. So then, a $4,000 bag seems like a bargain and you just readjust your whole way of thinking. It’s just insane.”

So, did Fields go over the top in dressing Streep? “There was a lot of expensive clothing and accessories in that movie because her character required it.,” the acclaimed designer said. “She was the queen of fashion or the queen of the fashion media. So she had to dress like a queen. She couldn’t be carrying around a $70 bag. I mean, we’re making a character here. Her clothes and her accessories are expensive, rich lady stuff. It’s character driven.”

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