ReviewFilm review: The First Monday in May goes behind the scenes at the 2015 Met Gala
Documentary recalls China Through the Looking Glass, the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s exhibition of Chinese fashion, and shows Vogue’s Anna Wintour planning its A-list fundraiser
Fashion’s status as a legitimate art form and the influence of Chinese art on Western designers are explored in Andrew Rossi’s engrossing documentary about the staging of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s record-breaking 2015 show, “China: Through the Looking Glass”.
The exhibition threw a rare spotlight on the museum’s maligned Costume Institute, giving curator Andrew Bolton the opportunity to show classic collections from designers like John Galliano and Jean Paul Gaultier, while also acknowledging China’s rich cultural heritage.
Wong must also serve as a buffer between China’s own cultural delegation, who prove fiercely uncooperative towards a show they perceive as unnecessarily fawning over China’s ancient history.
However, the exploits of Wintour and her menagerie of panderers feel cosmetic and overly manufactured; they are far less interesting than Bolton’s genuinely heartbreaking ordeal.
The First Monday in May opens on September 8
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