The First Monday in May Gives Viewers a BTS Look at How Anna Wintour and Co. Create the Met Gala

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With Anna Wintour at the helm, the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s annual gala has become the most exclusive fashion event. Andre Leon Talley describes it perfectly as the “Super Bowl of social fashion events.”

While a majority of viewers are unable to score an invite, the new documentary The First Monday in May gives viewers the behind-the-scenes look at what went into planning 2015’s ultra fabulous gathering as well as the Costume Institute exhibition “China: Through The Looking Glass.”

The first trailer for the production was released on Monday.

Directed by Andrew Rossi, the documentary peels back the curtains on all the preparations to show everything from inception to how Wintour and Costume Institute curator Andrew Bolton prevented the decor from looking “like a Chinese restaurant.”

It even details the stresses of booking expensive A-list entertainment like Rihanna, who performed at last year’s gala.

Fashion’s most elite including Karl Lagerfeld and Jean Paul Gaultier mingle with Hollywood’s brightest such as Sarah Jessica Parker, Beyoncé, Bradley Cooper, George Clooney and many more.

It was recently announced that The First Monday in May will be opening the 15th annual Tribeca Film Festival on April 13.

The First Monday in May celebrates creativity in art and fashion and is deeply rooted in the creative world of New York, so to launch at a festival that came into life in order to support that culture is very meaningful,” Rossi said in a statement via Entertainment Weekly.

While the documentary looks back at last year’s event, the 2016 Met Gala is quickly approaching. Co-chaired by Wintour, Taylor Swift, Idris Elba and Apple’s chief design officer Jonathan Ive, the selected theme is “Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology.”

Karen Mizoguchi

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