The Bride Wore Blahnik: A Conversation with Newlywed Lauren Weisberger
Lauren gives a behind-the-scenes peek at The Devil Wears Prada (reality vs. fiction) and her impressions of the fashion industry as a backdrop for the novel. She shares the impact of “instant” success on her personal and professional life and offers tips for aspiring authors.
First gaining national attention with her initial book, Lauren Weisberger is the New York Times bestselling author of The Devil Wears Prada, which was published in forty languages and made into a major motion picture starring Meryl Streep and Anne Hathaway. Lauren’s three other novels, Everyone Worth Knowing, Last Night at Chateau Marmont, and Chasing Harry Winston were all also New York Times bestsellers. Her latest book, Revenge Wears Prada, was released in June 2013 as the long-awaited sequel to the story that started it all.
After graduating with a BA in English, Lauren moved home for the summer to save money and then traveled all over Europe, Israel, Egypt, Jordan, Thailand, India, Nepal, and Hong Kong where she carried a single small backpack and stayed in questionable places, further enriching her authentic cultural experiences by surviving only on Nutella and Coca-Cola Light.
Lauren’s first job after returning to the U.S. and moving to Manhattan was the Assistant to the famed Editor-in-Chief of Vogue, Anna Wintour. She immediately became proficient in the language of stilettos and Starbucks before moving to Departures magazine, where she wrote 100-word reviews by day and took writing classes at night. The Devil Wears Prada, begun at the Writers Voice, was first published in April 2003, and spent a total of a year on The New York Times Bestseller List.
Currently, Lauren’s other books have been optioned and are in development as films to follow-up the success of The Devil Wears Prada.
A graduate of Cornell University, Lauren lives in New York City with her husband and two children.