The First Monday in May

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 collision 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.


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  • ★★★½ review by Cormac T Riordan on Letterboxd

    Wong Kar-Wai Is A God Forever

  • ★★★★ review by Lagerlout on Letterboxd

    One of the best fashion documentaries I've seen in a very long time. It could have easily been an exercise in vanity and excess but is somehow all pulled together by the wonderful warmth and vision of Andrew Bolton.

  • ★★★½ review by peytongrace on Letterboxd

    I wasn't sure if everything said and done in this documentary was offensive BUT Anna Wintour is a god and at least they kind of recognized the blatant appropriation ?? I guess ?? But other than that I thought it was a fantastic documentary about fashion and international culture. Also watching the most famous people of our generation gathered in a room awkwardly dancing to Rihanna's performance made it all 100x better so watch it just for that part honestly.

  • ★★★½ review by nevin on Letterboxd

    this documentary needed less industry professionals being like "here's all the reasons we're not racist!!!" and more clips of anna wintour throwing shade at the celebrity elite

    anyways i'm glad this focused on andrew bolton because he spoke at my graduation ceremony and made us all cry and honestly what a visionary

  • ★★★½ review by Ruslan Mavrodinov on Letterboxd

    While it ultimately feels like a stylish afterthought painted with broad strokes rather than an in-depth documentary, The First Monday of May gives an often fascinating behind-the-scenes look at putting together a stereotype-deconstructing art exhibit, infinitely more fascinating than the superficial world of fame and celebrity surrounding it.

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