Knowing your stuff before seeing The First Monday in May

The First Monday in May officially screens in Australia from 12 May, however there are preview screenings happening across the country right now.


What we know going in

Acclaimed filmmaker Andrew Rossi (Page One: Inside the New York Times) spent eight months following Anna Wintour, Artistic Director of Condé Nast, editor-in-chief of Vogue magazine and longtime chair of the Met Gala, and Andrew Bolton, visionary and Curator in Charge of The Costume Institute at The Metropolitan Museum of Art at the MET.

The First Mondy in May presents viewers with unprecedented, private access to the behind-the-scenes machinations of two of New York’s premier cultural events –

China: Through The Looking Glass exhibition

Andrew Bolton conceived this groundbreaking show which was the most attended fashion exhibition in the history of The Costume Institute at The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

2015 Met Gala

Step into one of the most exclusive parties in the world. Witness the preparation and palaver that goes into the star-studded fundraiser that celebrates the opening of the exhibition.

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The blockbuster exploration of Chinese-inspired Western fashions provides inspiration for the Met Gala’s annual collision of haute couture and celebrity, where Hollywood stars including Kate Hudson, George Clooney, Julianne Moore, Jennifer Lawrence, Gong Li, and Lady Gaga rub shoulders with Alicia Keyes, Kim Kardashian, Kanye West, Justin Bieber, Michael Bloomberg and contemporary pop icon Rihanna.

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The First Monday in May not only serves to give insight into fashion’s highest ranks, but it reignites the debate over whether fashion can and should be viewed as art. Director Rossi speaks with renowned filmmakers Wong Kar-Wai, Artistic Director of the exhibition, and Baz Luhrmann, as well prominent fashion designers Karl Lagerfeld, Jean Paul Gaultier, Guo Pei and John Galliano. Thomas P. Campbell, Director of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and Former Curator in Charge of The Costume Institute Harold Koda also offer insights into the relationship between art, craft and commerce.

‘Fashion can create a dream, create a fantasy, it’s a kind of theater.’

– Anna Wintour


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About Andrew Bolton and Anna Wintour

Andrew Bolton (Curator in Charge of The Costume Institute at The Metropolitan Museum of Art) has curated some of the Museum’s most visited exhibitions, including Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty in 2011. Prior to joining the Met in 2002, Bolton worked at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London for nine years.

Anna Wintour (Museum Trustee and Costume Institute Benefit Co-Chair) has held the position of Editor-in-Chief of Vogue since July 1988, and was named Artistic Director of Condé Nast in March 2013. In addition to editing Vogue, she executed the development and successful launch of Teen Vogue in 2001, and serves as Editorial Director for the title.

During her tenure at Vogue Wintour has been actively involved in philanthropic fundraising, particularly for The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute, for which she has raised more than $150 million.

Watch the trailer:

Director: Andrew Rossi Run time: 91 minutes Rating: M

Watch Farfetch‘s exclusive extra scene from The First Monday in May here.

The First Monday in May officially screens in Australia from 12 May, but preview screenings are happening across the country now. For locations and session times, click here.


Relativity Studios & Planted Projects present, in Association with Condé Nast Entertainment, Media Weaver Entertainment and Sarah Arison Productions, a Fabiola Beracasa Beckman Production of an Andrew Rossi Film. The First Monday in May is directed by Andrew Rossi and produced by Fabiola Beracasa Beckman. The film is produced by Sylvana Ward Durrett and Dawn Ostroff. Producers are Matt Weaver and Skot Bright. Executive producers are Sarah Arison, Jason Beckman, Josh Braun, Nancy Chilton, Ryan Kavanaugh and Tucker Tooley. The film is edited by Chad Beck A.C.E, and Andrew Coffman with additional editing by Andrew Rossi. Cinematography is by Andrew Rossi and Bryan Sarkinen with additional cinematography by Andrew Coffman, Alec Jarnagin, S.O.C., Nathan Mauger, Jonathan Furmanski, and Thor Thielow. Original music is by Ian Hultquist and Sofia Hultquist. The film is produced in association with Farfetch.


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