The First Monday In May to open Tribeca

Fashion documentary to launch 15th edition.

by Amber Wilkinson

The First Monday In May
The First Monday In May
The 15th Tribeca Film Festival will open with The First Monday in May on Wednesday, April 13. Directed by Emmy Award nominated filmmaker Andrew Rossi (Page One: Inside The New York Times) the intimate documentary looks at The Metropolitan Museum of Art's most attended Costume Institute exhibition in history, China: Through the Looking Glass.

The film follows curator Andrew Bolton, now curator in charge of the Costume Institute. With unprecedented access, filmmaker Andrew Rossi captures the collision of high fashion and celebrity at the Met Gala, one of the biggest global fashion events co-chaired every year by Condé Nast Artistic Director and Vogue editor in chief Anna Wintour. Featuring a cast of renowned artists in many fields (including filmmaker Wong Kar Wai and fashion designers Karl Lagerfeld, Jean Paul Gaultier and John Galliano), the movie dives into the debate about whether fashion should be viewed as art.

Tribeca co-founder Jane Rosenthal said: “The First Monday in May illuminates the debate between fine art, fashion, pop culture and captures the creativity, passion and visionaries behind the exhibition and gala – Andrew Bolton and Anna Wintour.

“It is an honor to pay tribute to a fellow New York cultural institution on our opening night.”

Rossi added: “It's an honour to premiere this film downtown with the Tribeca Film Festival for their 15th Festival.

“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.”

The First Monday in May follows the creation of The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s "China: Through the Looking Glass,” exhibition, an exploration of Chinese-inspired Western fashions by Costume Institute curator Andrew Bolton. With unprecedented access, filmmaker Andrew Rossi captures the collision of high fashion and celebrity at the Met Gala, one of the biggest global fashion events co-chaired every year by Condé Nast Artistic Director and Vogue editor in chief Anna Wintour. Featuring a cast of renowned artists in many fields (including filmmaker Wong Kar Wai and fashion designers Karl Lagerfeld, Jean Paul Gaultier and John Galliano), the movie dives into the debate about whether fashion should be viewed as art.

View The First Monday In May trailer below:

The full feature slate of the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival - which runs from April 13 to 24 - will be announced on March 2.

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