The 2015 "China: Through the Looking Glass" exhibit, which highlighted China's influence in fashion at the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute, was met with great success (despite being preceded by some apprehension): Its record-breaking number of visitors made it one of the top five most-visited exhibitions of all time. Anna Wintour and Head Curator Andrew Bolton must have known they had a hit on their hands because it was the lead-up to this particular Met Gala and exhibition opening that filmmaker Andrew Rossi ("Page One: Inside The New York Times," "Ivory Tower") decided to document.
"The First Monday in May" will premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival on April 13 and gives viewers a behind-the-scenes look into what it takes to produce the exhibition as well as the Met Gala hosted by Vogue. The documentary follows Wintour and Vogue's Director of Special Projects Sylvana Ward Durrett while they plan the annual "Super Bowl of social fashion events," as described by André Leon Talley in the new trailer, released Monday.
In case you need a refresher, last year's Met Gala was one of the more buzzed-about red carpet events due to its somewhat sensitive theme and ban on social media and cell phones. And if we had to choose the gala's most-talked-about look, it would be Rihanna's 55-pound golden gown designed by Chinese couturier Guo Pei, who made her Paris Couture debut in January. (According to to the trailer, the Vogue team didn't expect the pop star's appearance budget to be so expensive.)
Like 2009's "The September Issue," the doc promises great nuggets of Wintour-isms throughout. In one scene, she and Durrett are sorting out the Met Gala's seating arrangements — a process that appears to be ridden with more anxiety than a bride-to-be planning a seating chart with her future mother-in-law. Upon learning that one unnamed guest had decided to attend the event at the last minute, the Vogue editor-in-chief obliged and quipped, "Can he not be on his cell phone the entire time then?" Hence the cell phone ban?
Watch the trailer above for a sneak peek at "The First Monday in May" before its debut.
Homepage image: "China: Through the Looking Glass" exhibit. Photo: Metropolitan Museum of Art