The Met Gala Documentary: The First Monday in May

3The First Monday in May is the date of the annual Met Gala. The event is known as the Superbowl of the fashion industry, overseen by Anna Wintour. This film is an exclusive behind the scenes look into what goes into planning this incredible exhibit and event.


The documentary follows Anna Wintour, Director of Special Projects for Vogue Sylvana Ward Durrett, and Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute curator Andrew Bolton as they planned 2015’s exhibition and gala “China: Through the Looking Glass.” In collaboration, The Costume Institute and The Met’s renowned Department of Asian Art are tasked with creating a unique portrait of the influence of Chinese aesthetics on Western fashion.

Andrew and his team fill both The Costume Institute and the Chinese Galleries of The Met with over 140 examples of haute couture and ready-to-wear fashions set against a backdrop of Chinese paintings, porcelains and other fine art. The exhibit also features films depicting the ongoing cultural dialogue between East and West. To celebrate the grand opening of the exhibit, Anna Wintour and her team at Vogue plan the extravagant and unforgettable gala to capture the spirit of the exhibit.2

The First Monday in May will open the Tribeca Film Festival on April 13.

Photos Credit: Scenes from ‘The first Monday in May’ courtesy of Magnolia Pictures.