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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: 51
  • Fresh: 40
  • Rotten: 11
  • 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

Over. Rated.

I enjoyed the similar documentary The September Issue, and though the whole fashion thing is mostly about promotion and fantasy, I gave them credit because it is a bit of an art form. But when they mention Kanye and the Kardashians then I can’t take them seriously, and I will no longer support anything that resorts to leaning on name recognition (especially with those idiots) to promote their product. If you want me to take you seriously, don’t mention a Kardashian. $7 wasted.


This film does one thing. It clearly reaffirms just how dangerous having little to no education is when you are that close to the money. The people in the fashion industry are outright disrespectful toward the cultures that they seek to discuss, they fail to understand appropriation or colonialism (and how colonial culture is perpetuated through the celebration of clothes the way that they did it)…the exhibit should have given voice back. This film celebrating an industry that makes billions on the backs of children in Vietnam, China, India, ect and continues to perpetuate white standards of beauty has no business talking about art or culture. They are merely a consumable to make money, merely another wall we must break down in seeking equality for all people. When these people can pay all of their people equally and equally represent all people not just through stealing parts of culture for their clothes, when they can make clothes to be worn by all people then they can start saying their privilege is something more than an excuse for not being able to do anything else productive. Also I should add the whole reason you get this rant is because this documentary in no way questions them. It just lets people say whatever without any critical view (and they say so many stupid things…at one point this guy actually tells the Chinese consultant he’s wrong. It’s a you have to be kidding me moment). So if you want to throw away some time and money go for it. This film is only food for gaining a glance into the arrogance of this industry.

good documentary about fashion and art

especially the behind the scenes with Andrew Bolton and the Met staff. Certainly learned a lot about what goes into putting together a production of this size. Tons of work that happens in the background by so many people who also deserve recognition. Most of us only see the end result. I also liked the fact that time was spent going through the creative processes, research, collaborations, and even the politics. Very cool to hear from Galliano and Gaultier too. The Met Gala is pretty crazy and I’m sure it raises lots of money for the wardrobe department.

Now speaking strictly for myself, I could go through the rest of my days without ever seeing (or hearing the names) Bieber, Kim / Kanye. Lost one star for featuring people who add absolutely nothing to this world. Otherwise I liked this documentary :)

The First Monday in May
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  • $14.99
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Released: 2016

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