Movie Review: The First Monday In May

     Over the weekend, I saw a great documentary, The First Monday in May, at the Paris theater, one of the last single film houses in NYC.  The film takes us behind the scenes as we watch plans unfold for the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Met Ball.  At this showing, Andre Leon Talley, Former American Editor-at- Large for Vogue magazine, is on hand for a Q&A session after the film.  The Met Ball is that extraordinary event that manages to assemble some of the most renowned people in fashion, music, art and film.  You will see Rihanna, Karl Lagerfeld, Kate Hudson and many more stars come together for this high stakes fundraiser for the museum. An incredible amount of work went into putting the exhibit together along with the planning of an unforgettable ball.

     The museum’s 2015 Exhibition and gala, China: Through The Looking Glass explores Chinese inspired western fashion. The film also probes the ongoing debate, should fashion be considered art?  It is inspiring to see the visionaries, the creativity and the passion that go into planning this event. Filmmaker Andrew Rossi shadowed Vogue Editor-in-Chief Anna Wintour and Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute Curator Andrew Bolton as they planned the exhibition and gala. Anna Wintour has hosted the Met Gala since 1999.  She is tough, strict and extremely talented.  Andrew Bolton is a genius as he manages everything from putting board members’ deep concerns about the mix of fashion at the Met to rest, to trips to China where we see him negotiating with representatives who want their history shown in a very specific light, to costume production and so much more. 

     The film gives us exactly what we want: spectacular displays (a dress covered with dishes), celebrity sightings galore, and seeing Rihanna perform.  



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Quote to take with you for the week:

Don’t be into trends. Don’t make fashion own you, but you decide what you are, what you want to express by the way you dress and the way you live.'

- Gianni Versace




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