The First Monday in May - Review

PG-13 | 1h 30min | Documentary 
Review - Matt Mungle

Magnolia Pictures will release The First Monday in May in Dallas on April 15 at the Magnolia theatre.

SynopsisAn unprecedented look behind the scenes of two of New York’s premier cultural events, The First Monday in May 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 that celebrates the opening of the exhibition.

Review:  Fans of fashion and especially fashion as art must take the time to see THE FIRST MONDAY IN MAY. The documentary takes you behind the scenes for a very rare and exclusive look at New York's Met Gala. Follow Andrew Bolton (curator) and Anna Wintour (editor-in-chief of Vogue magazine and longtime chair of the Met Gala) through the 8 month preparation. Wintour is a draw all her own. This icon and "dragon lady" of the fashion world knows how to get a job done. No one crosses her or second guesses her hands on approach. Seeing her in this environment is intriguing and entertaining. 

One of the most appealing parts of this film is watching Bolton search through items to find just the right pieces for the China exhibit. Movies and pop culture are influenced by the asian culture and to watch it evolve through out  history is fascinating. 

The First Monday in May is rated PG-13 for brief strong language. There is nothing even remotely objectionable in this feature and art lovers, fashion lovers, and those interested in asian history need to have this on their list. I give it 4 out of 5 emeralds. Cheers to filmmaker Andrew Rossi on a fascinating documentary. 

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