Every year, on the first Monday in May, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York (the Met) hosts the Met Ball – the opening night party that launches the Costume Institute’s annual exhibition. Full to the brim with pop culture and fashionable celebrities, the Met Ball is a legendary affair with Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour at the helm.
The First Monday In May follows Wintour as she pulls together the Met Ball and Costume Institute curator Andrew Bolton as he brings to life one of the biggest fashion exhibitions the Met has ever run, ‘China: Through The Looking Glass’. From the first discussions about the direction of the exhibition, to interviews with designers and fashion creatives, and the night that launches the whole event, it is a sneak peek behind the doors of the Met and a glimpse at what it takes to produce something that brings art and fashion together.
Up-close-and-personal interviews with Karl Lagerfeld and Jean Paul Gaultier are highlights, and the insight into how Anna Wintour operates is fascinating. The First Monday In May is not only for the fashionistas and art buffs though – it’s a close look at popular culture, the history of Chinese fashion and film, and the merging of art and celebrity. (LS)