Directed by Andrew Rossi, First Monday in May examines the debate over whether fashion should even be considered art through the eyes of curator Andrew Bolton, now Curator in Charge of the Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The film tracks the creation of the exhibition “China: Through the Looking Glass,” an exploration of Chinese-inspired Western fashions that went on to become the most attended Costume Institute exhibition in the museum’s history. Rossi also looks at the collision of high fashion and celebrity at the Met Gala, the fashion event co-chaired by Condé Nast Artistic Director and Vogue editor in chief Anna Wintour.
The First Monday in May also features appearances by leading names in art and fashion, including Wong Kar Wai, who served as Artistic Director of “China: Through the Looking Glass”; Baz Luhrmann, creative consultant for the Met Gala; Vogue’s Andre Leon Talley; Harold Koda, former Curator in Charge of the Costume Institute; and Thomas Campbell, Director of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Other notables appearing in the film include Maxwell K. Hearn; Douglas Dillon, Chairman of the Department of Asian Art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art; and fashion designers Jean Paul Gaultier, Karl Lagerfeld, John Galliano and Ricardo Tisci; along with cameos from other fashion and entertainment icons.
Produced by Fabiola Beracasa Beckman, Sylvana Ward Durrett, and Dawn Ostroff, in association with Relativity Media, Conde Nast Entertainment, Mediaweaver Entertainment and Sarah Arison Productions, The First Monday in May will follow its Tribeca premiere with theatrical release beginning April 15.
Tribeca 2016 runs April 13-24, with opening night sponsored by Farfetch with special thanks to Thakoon. The first round of speakers and panels was announced in December, with the full feature film slate to be announced beginning March 2.