While Meryl Streep's phenomenal acting is certainly one reason why the 2006 film "The Devil Wears Prada" has stood the test of time for fashion people, the other reason may be that it hits close to home for far too many of us. That Anne Hathaway's character could make us laugh about things that have made us cry in real life — bosses with wildly unrealistic expectations, negative comments about our weight, toxic colleague relationships — feels like a relief.
But it also begs the question: Why is this type of workplace environment still commonplace 12 years after the film came out? Why are fashion people still swapping traumatic tales from their intern days over cocktails like a bunch of hardened war veterans at the local watering hole?
We figure that we as an industry can't start to move toward solutions until we understand the extent of the problem, so we want to hear from you. Fashionista partnered with A Fashionable Pause, an investigative project on the state of the industry spearheaded by PR pro Ken Loo, to put together a quick, anonymous survey on bullying and unhealthy pressure in the workplace to help you share your experience.
If you work in fashion now or in the recent past, please tell your story, share the survey with your friends and keep your eyes open for our analysis of the results in the coming months. A reminder: It's totally anonymous so be as candid as you'd like!