If you got into a hot fever over Rihanna’s 2015 yellow gown with an unusually ostentatious train, then you’ll want to see this documentary, “The First Monday in May.” The documentary is about the preparations behind the immensely popular exhibit “China: Through the Looking Glass” at the Metropolitan Museum of Art from 7 May to 7 August in 2015. The art exhibition attempted to liberate China from Orientalist imaginings by showing what China’s designers thought and how they were inspired by a fusion of Western and traditional designs and new technology.
This documentary followed the chief curator of the Costume Institute, Andrew Bolton, as he works with editor-in-chief of Vogue, Anna Wintour, to conceptualize and design for the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Gala that is inspired and informs on the China exhibit. The annual gala is a major fundraiser, attracting celebrities and has celebrity models.
Besides Rihanna, celebrities include director Wong Kar-wai, Lady Gaga and Baz Luhrmann. Designers include John Galliano, Jean Paul Gaultier and Karl Lagerfeld. You do wish that there was more focus on the Chinese and even Asian celebrities.
“The First Monday in May” is currently streaming on Amazon video in SD for $3.99.