If the shoe fits…

The Devil Wears Prada Film Poster

When the Devil Wears Prada was released in 2006, the poster featured a simple yet striking image of a red high heel with a pitch fork detail.  No horns, no hooves, no scary face or pointed tail are needed to identify the nature of the film’s main character – the simple use of this detail in combination with the colour red immediately makes a clear statement as to who this shoe belongs to, even without the me of the film.  It goes to show just how ingrained the image of the devil has become.  But how did a three pronged fork become his key accessory?  Is it related to the three pronged fork or ‘triton’ associated with the Greek mythological character of Poseidon, god of the sea (Neptune in Roman mythology)?  Or more with Hades, god of the underworld (Pluto in Roman mythology), although the latter is also often depicted with a two pronged fork or a wand.  There are also theories that the triton symbolises the idea of ‘holy trinity’ often found in mythology and religion, as well as being echoed in the field of psychology.  I’m off to investigate…

Poseidon & Hades image


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