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The First Monday in May (2016)

PG-13 | | Documentary | 15 April 2016 (USA)
2:30 | Trailer
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.


Andrew Rossi
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Credited cast:
Anna Wintour ... Self
Andrew Bolton ... Self
John Galliano ... Self
Karl Lagerfeld ... Self
Jean-Paul Gaultier ... Self
Baz Luhrmann ... Self
Kar-Wai Wong ... Self
Rihanna ... Self
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Beyoncé ... Self (Cameo) (as Beyoncé Knowles)
Justin Bieber ... Self (Cameo)
Michael Bloomberg ... Self (Cameo)
Thom Browne Thom Browne ... Self
Thomas P. Campbell Thomas P. Campbell ... Self (Cameo)
Ye-cheng Chan Ye-cheng Chan ... Self (Cameo)
Jessica Chastain ... Self (Cameo)


A behind the scenes look at the preparations for the 2015 art exhibit, China: Through the Looking Glass held at New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art, commonly referred to as the Met Gala, which has become one of the hottest tickets in town. Written by clover140

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Every spring, the Metropolitan Museum Of Art hosts a glamorous party. It marks the grand opening of The Costume Institute spring exhibition. See more »



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Rated PG-13 for brief strong language | See all certifications »

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Fashion - Art or Business?
4 February 2017 | by JonathanWalfordSee all my reviews

What I like about this documentary is that it unabashedly shows Anna Wintour and her colleagues express their perceptions of what is fashion, what is art and what is important in their lives. We observe Wintour's meetings with trembling underlings pushing endless cups of coffee at her, waiting to hear her snide comments about who is important and who is not and what will be done that day according to what she wants. Its hard to take Anna and her withering looks and Bolton's ill-fitted Thom Browne suits seriously. However, every industry is like this -- you could have a documentary about the New York Yankees, and everyone there would be just as serious about winning the pennant as these people are about creating a blockbuster exhibition.

Questions are raised from watching this film that make you think: Is fashion an art form? Does art have to be relevant to be taken seriously? Is it fine art or is it a commercial product?

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Release Date:

15 April 2016 (USA) See more »

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The First Monday in May See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA See more »


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Opening Weekend USA:

$99,242, 17 April 2016

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SDDS | Dolby Digital | DTS



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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