Friday, April 15, 2016

The First Monday in May Movie Review

Anna Wintour stars in The First Monday in May

Party On!

Rotten Tomatoes Plot: The First Monday in May follows the creation of The Metropolitan Museum of Art's most attended fashion exhibition in history, "China: Through the Looking Glass," an exploration of Chinese-inspired Western fashions by Costume Institute curator Andrew Bolton. With unprecedented access, filmmaker Andrew Rossi captures the collusion of high fashion and celebrity at the Met Gala, one of the biggest global fashion events chaired every year by Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour. Featuring a cast of renowned artists in many fields (including filmmaker Wong Kar-wai and fashion designers Karl Lagerfeld, Jean Paul Gaultier and John Galliano) as well as a host of contemporary pop icons like Rihanna, the movie dives into the debate about whether fashion should be viewed as art.

The world-renowned Met is closed four days a year... Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year's and the first Monday in May. "The Super Bowl of social fashion events" costs millions, and takes months to prepare; and Rossi deftly captures each and every lavish drop. Bolton declares, "Some people have a very 19th century idea of what art is," then spends the rest of the doc proving why fashion is art personified. Covers everything... beautiful clothes, famous celebrities and unfettered access (table planning, YSL archive) to the party of the year. All that's missing? An invitation to 2017's bash... or (hopefully) a sequel.

Grade: B+