Fashion Documentary: The First Monday In May

May 10, 2016

By Tab Byrum

Fashion can create a dream,
Fashion can create a fantasy.
                            Anna Wintour

Last Monday, May 2nd, was the legendary Met Gala in New York City, THE event of the year when the worlds of art and fashion collide to raise money to make it possible for the two worlds to coexist under one roof. Every year those of us who love fashion, art, celebrity, glitz and glamor always wait in great anticipation for the photos to show up on our computers to see who was at the party and more importantly what they wore. It’s easy to lose sight of the fact that there are people working night and day and literally months and months to make a celebration such as the Met Gala happen, and now we can see the work as it happens in the new documentary The First Monday In May.


First Monday follows Andrew Bolton, Curator at the Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and Anna Wintour, Editor-in-chief of Vogue Magazine, as they collaborate on the social event of the season. The film follows this duo and their teams of people in 2014 and early 2015 as they put together the 2015 show China: Through The Looking Glass, a retrospective on the influence of the country of China and it’s people on the world of fashion.



I have to say I thoroughly enjoyed the film and will be watching it again very soon, you are swept up in the preparations for the party as well as taken on a trip to China as Bolton and Wintour endeavor to whip up interest in China over the exhibition and hopefully some cooperation. You are exposed to Chinese films such as In The Mood For Love and Chinese/American actress Anna May Wong, the first Asian movie star to gain international recognition. Towards the end of the film we experience the arrival of celebrity guests as they walk the red carpet then we accompany couples such as Jean Paul Gaultier and Alicia Key as well as Michael Kors and Kate Hudson as they tour and see the new exhibit for the first time and a short private tour of the glory of China: Through The Looking Glass. If you enjoy art and fashion as well as back story then you need to see this documentary film, Amazon recently added it and I was able over the weekend to view it through their streaming network. Here’s to The First Monday In May, Enjoy!!!


Vogue Editor-in-chief and party planner extraordinaire, Anna Wintour. (via


Anna Wintour and Andrew Bolton (far right) looking over computer mock-ups of the proposed decorations for the Met Gala, 2015. (via)


Rhianna was not only the star of the night in 2015 but also the entertainment. (via)

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