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The First Monday in May

Needing a good fix of Anna Wintour ever since The September Issue? Help is at hand, thanks to this behind-the-scenes documentary which covers her oversight of the Oriental-themed 2015 Met Gala, a celebrity extravaganza that raised $12,000,000 for (and at) New Yorks Metropolitan Museum and launched the Met Costume Institutes blockbuster exhibition, China: Through the Looking Glass. Wintour shares the film with Andrew Bolton, the engaging, confessedly star struck Brit who curated the exhibition with filmmaker Wong Kar-wai as guest creative director. With Costume admitted to the Museums pantheon of cultural history, some ask how much space can there be at the Met for the commercialism and celebrity culture that accompany it? The more the better, we discover, at least on the first Monday of May each year. Produced in part by Condé Nast, First Monday touches lightly on the cultural and political quandaries negotiated by the curators of a show that celebrates Orientalism in Western fashion. What filmmaker Andrew Rossi does best is observe the meticulous organisation of so much sheer opulence, revel in the flamboyance of one percenters at play  and harken closely as the imperious Ms Wintour gets it all so very right.

Year: 2016
Genre: General Docos
Country: USA
Director: Andrew Rossi
Starring: Anna Wintour, Karl Lagerfeld, Rihanna
Duration: 87 Minutes
Rating: M - Offensive language
7.2/10
Location in store: Documentary (General)

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