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The First Monday in May

HD   PG-13 Closed Captioning

Andrew Rossi

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About the Movie

An unprecedented look behind the scenes of two of New York’s premier cultural events, The First Monday in May follows the creation of the most attended fashion exhibition in the history of The Costume Institute at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the 2015 Met Gala, the star-studded fundraiser that celebrates the opening of the exhibition. Acclaimed filmmaker Andrew Rossi (Page One: Inside the New York Times) follows Anna Wintour, editor-in-chief of Vogue magazine and longtime chair of the Met Gala, and Andrew Bolton, the iconoclastic curator who conceived the groundbreaking show, for eight months as they prepare for an evening they hope will take the worlds of art and fashion by storm. Featuring Rihanna, designers Karl Lagerfeld, Jean Paul Gaultier and John Galliano, filmmaker Wong Kar Wai, and many more icons from the worlds of fashion, art, music and film.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 54
  • Fresh: 42
  • Rotten: 12
  • Average Rating: 6.3/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: The movie is sloppy: A section concerning Asian stereotypes discusses the vintage film star Anna May Wong, but indiscriminately includes images of Ona Munson in "The Shanghai Gesture." "First Monday" also coddles its interview subjects. – Glenn Kenny, New York Times, Apr 14, 2016

Fresh: Debates about how best to represent both fashion and China - with the likes of Baz Luhrmann and Wong Kar-wai weighing in - are provocative and useful. But Rihanna walking the red carpet in an Asian-inspired ensemble is fine art in motion. – Noel Murray, Los Angeles Times, Apr 14, 2016

Fresh: Gorgeous, gossipy, yet penetrating documentary about the marriage of culture and commerce. – Andrea Gronvall, Chicago Reader, Apr 28, 2016

Fresh: It's very inside baseball about the inner workings of a fashion event. That said, there's a delicious depiction of fashion as fantasy that's worth the price of admission. – Elizabeth Wellington, Philadelphia Inquirer, Apr 15, 2016

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Customer Reviews

A Dream

I couldn’t stop watching this movie! I know something about several people in the cast of this production. Specifically the Head of the Costume Lab, the Department of Asian Art. the (retired) President of the Met and the Director of the Met. First class and well run! It’s great seeing these people in action with all of their concerns about the delicate balance of cultures in this stunningly innovative and fabulous exhibition. The result of this unprecedented collaboration should be preserved forever. It was so much fun to do the walk-through, especially with only a few people there at night. I really respect Vogue, A.W. and her staff. I knew their party funded the institute as well as the Costume Laboratory. Now the world outside of Met and their supporters will know too. Great inspiration! Love the Asian Art Department as well as the Costume Institute, Andrew Bolton is endearing, he works so hard.


As sumptuous as its subject. It should fit discerning audiences like a finely tailored glove. Convincingly affirms fashion’s legitimacy as an art form akin to that of other expressive mediums.


Beautiful film with equally beautiful dresses! Couldn't stop watching!