THE FIRST MONDAY IN MAY + ANNA WINTOUR + 2015 MET GALA
Follows the creation of “China: Through The Looking Glass,” the most attended fashion exhibition in the history of The Costume Institute at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the 2015 Met Gala, the star-studded fundraiser. Follow Anna Wintour, editor-in-chief of Vogue magazine and Met Gala chair, and Andrew Bolton, the curator who conceived the groundbreaking show, as they prepare for an unforgettable evening.
DOCUMENTARY BY ANDREW ROSSI, PREMIERED AT THE Tribeca Film Festival
MET GALA 2015
ALSO KNOWN AS THE MET BALL. ANNUAL FUNDRAISING GALA, FOR THE BENEFIT OF THE METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART’S COSTUME INSTITUTE IN NYC.
“THE SUPER BOWL OF SOCIAL FASHION EVENTS” – ANDRE LEON TALLEY
THE DOCUMENTARY IS CENTERED AROUND THE MET BALL 2015. THE FILM FOLLOWS ANNA WINTOUR; EDITOR IN CHEIF OF VOGUE, THROUGH HER SPECIFIC REQUESTS, DEMANDS AND HUMOROUS DEMEANOR ABOUT PERFECTION.
ALTHOUGH, WINTOUR IS THE WOMAN WHOSE ONLY OPINION MATTERS, THERE IS ANOTHER KEY PERSON IN THE DOCUMENTARY, WHO WORKS CLOSELY TOGETHER WITH ANNA TO CREAT THE 2015 MET GALA. THE MAN WHO IS BEHIND EACH AND EVERY EXHIBIT. ANDREW BOLTON, THE MET’S COSTUME INSTITUTE CURATOR.
THE FILM STARTS WITH THE SUCCESS OF THE MQUEEN EXHIBIT, WHICH WAS LATER MOVED TO THE VICTORIA AND ABDUL MUSEUM IN LONDON. THE FILM EXPLAINS THE TRAGEDY OF ALEXANDER MQUEEN AND HAVING TO WAIT UNTIL HIS PASSING HAD SETTLED BEFORE OPENING.
2011 EXHIBIT FEATURED AT THE METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART
“The McQueen show has become a little bit of an albatross in a way, a bit of a millstone around my neck. It’s the show that every show I’ve done subsequently has been measured against.”
-Bolton says in The First Monday in May, who curated the McQueen exhibit before becoming the head of the department in 2015.
CHINA: THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS
VOGUE TRAVELS TO CHINA TO PROMOTE THE MET GALA’S 2015 EXHIBIT AND GATHER FEEDBACK ON THE PRESENTATION, FOCUSED ON KEEPING RESPECT FOR THE CULTURE.
DURING THIER VISIT, WINTOUR AND BOLTON ARE QUESTIONED BY THE PRESS IN REGARDS THE EXHIBIT AND POINT OUT INCONSISTENCIES WITH CULTURAL FACTS. THE TEAM WAS INTERVIEWED BY MULTIPLE CHINESE JOURNALISTS WHO SHARED A COMMON CONCERN, REGARDING THE EXHIBIT’S PRESENTATION OF MAO ZEDONG, (CHINESE COMMUNIST REVOLUTIONARY AND FOUNDING FATHER OF THE PEOPLES REPUBLIC OF CHINA 1949 – 1976). THE EXHIBIT FEATURED ZEDONG IN A ROOM FULL OF BUDDHA SCULPTURES, CONCERN BEING THAT ZEDONG WAS NOT BUDDHIST. BOLTON AND WINTOUR EXPLAINED THAT IT SHOULD BE TAKEN IN AN ARTISTIC SENSE RATHER THAN REALIST.
Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Gala Benefit , “China: Through the Looking Glass,” media preview at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York May 4 , 2015.
“It’s Called the Met Gala, but It’s Definitely Anna Wintour’s Party”
– THE NEW YORK TIMES