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The First Monday in May (2016)

PG-13 | | Documentary | 15 April 2016 (USA)
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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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Rated PG-13 for brief strong language | See all certifications »

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Visually stunning, culturally not so much.
4 May 2016 | by jdesandoSee all my reviews

"It's quite easy to dismiss a fashion designer's engagement with China as being inauthentic." Andrew Bolton

The First Monday in May sumptuously depicts the activity surrounding the 2015 China Through The Looking Glass exhibit at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. The star is Bolton, curator of the museum's Costume Institute, who engineers everything from costume production to how wide the train on a gown should be displayed.

In addition to that micromanagement, he has to deal daily with trustee and fashion icon, Anna Wintour, who seems blessedly serene and helpful with suggestions. In other words, everyone defers to Bolton, a genius in whom anyone would trust for the right taste and talk.

The show itself seems more interested in catching celebs (Justin Bieber appears more than once) than deconstructing the cross cultural richness implied by the title. In fact, I couldn't find many Asians around any of the events or work. "appropriating Chinese symbols" is the point made by a Wintour questioner.

But then, execs must have been more worried about the outlandish sum they paid to Rihanna to perform. BTW, her costume took two years to make, and it's a true spectacle. Kim K's butt is also generously displayed.

Any cultural inauthenticity didn't seem to hamper the spectacular displays, right down to a dress covered with dishes. As one of the thousands who saw the Alexander McQueen retrospective in 2011, I commend the museum for the splendor of which it is capable.

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15 April 2016 (USA) See more »

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New York City, New York, USA See more »


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$99,242, 17 April 2016

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