The other night I was finally able to watch the documentary “The First Monday in May” which is a behind the scenes look at the 2015 creation of and preparations for the Metropolitan Museum of Art‘s most attended fashion exhibition in history, “China: Through The Looking Glass,”. It’s an exploration of Chinese-inspired Western fashions by Costume Institute curator Andrew Bolton. This particular exhibition surpassed the attendance records for their 2011 Alexander McQueen “Savage Beauty” exhibit.
It follows Vogue editor Anna Wintour and Costume Institute curator Andrew Bolton as they prepare for the Met Gala celebration of the exhibit’s opening. It’s quite fascinating to see all of the behind the scenes planning; everything from how they chose the pieces to be exhibited to the celebrity table seating charts created and historical fact checking.
I would have to say my favorite part of the entire film was the night of the Met Gala celebration. Seeing the reactions of the many designers whose pieces were chosen to be a part of the exhibit was rather touching. Jean-Paul Gaultier was so excited to see some of his work in there, walking along with Alicia Keys on his arm and telling her about the many pieces they encountered of his own work as well as others.
The cast list of this documentary is pretty much what you would expect to see, George and Amal Clooney, Anna Wintour, Justin Bieber, Rihanna, Cher and many other celebrity cameos. As well as fashion designers like Karl Lagerfeld, John Galliano, Valentino Garavani, Michael Kors and others.
If you like a bit of history with your fashion then I recommend taking the time to watch this documentary, you won’t be disappointed.
“The First Monday in May” is currently streaming on Netflix.