Just in the knick of time I snuck in a viewing of First Monday In May. From the first shot of the outside of the Metropolitan Museum I got flutters in my stomach. Two of my favorite pleasures in the world together in one documentary – fashion and museums!!
Last year, filmmaker Andrew Rossi, who directed Page One: Inside the New York Times, followed Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute curator Andrew Bolton and Vogue Editor in Chief Anna Wintour as they planned 2015’s exhibition and gala “China: Through the Looking Glass.” Over a course of almost a year they clearly demonstrated the hard, and sometimes tedious, work that goes into creating such a lavish production. Starting eight months out the weeks turn into days and then into hours; as the pressure mounts they work against the clock to ensure every art display is beautifully lit and every hem line is perfectly coiffed.
While there isn’t a red carpet I don’t love (with the Met being my favorite), and I adored looking at all the gowns of the stars as they made there entrance, I would have preferred a little more discourse on the question, ” is fashion art?”. Such a provocative and much debated topic deserves more attention and stronger light shown upon it.
All in all I thoroughly enjoyed the documentary and recommend trying to see it before the first monday in this May’s new Met exhibit — Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology. Streaming live at vogue.com this Monday at 7:00 pm (EST).
Some of my favorite gowns from The Met Galas over the years.
Cher In Bob Mackie 1974 // Christy Turlington, Naomi Campbell & Kate Moss 1995 // Madonna In Stella McCartney 2011 // Daphne Guinness In Alexander McQueen 2011 // Lauren Santo Domingo In Oscar Del La Renta 2013 // Sarah Jessica Parker In Giles Deacon 2013 // Karolina Kurkova In Marchesa 2014 // Gwyneth Paltrow In Prada 2012 // Marion Cotillard in Christian Dior Couture 2010