One of New York’s biggest film events is celebrating one of New York’s biggest nights in fashion.
The Tribeca Film Festival announced Monday that Andrew Rossi’s documentary The First Monday in May will open the 15th annual festival on April 13.
Directed by Rossi (Page One: Inside the New York Times) and distributed by Magnolia Pictures, The First Monday in May takes a deep dive into the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s 2015 gala and its recent Costume Institute exhibition “China: Through The Looking Glass.” The exhibit, which went on to become the Met’s most-attended Costume Institute exhibition in history, explored the history of Chinese fashion and how it has affected designers around the globe for centuries.
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The First Monday in May explores whether fashion should be viewed as art and how curator Andrew Bolton put the entire exhibition together, culminating in the Met Gala. Co-chaired by Anna Wintour and attended by celebrities like Beyoncé, Kim Kardashian, and Kanye West, the annual ball brings out some of the most glamorous and wildest red carpet fashion of the entire year. (Some of the most memorable looks from the 2015 gala include Rihanna’s yellow fur-trimmed train and Sarah Jessica Parker’s flaming headdress.)
“It’s an honor to premiere this film downtown with the Tribeca Film Festival for their 15th festival, and I am truly thrilled to partner again with Magnolia Pictures,” Rossi said in a statement. “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. We’re so excited to have the team at Magnolia behind the film, bringing it to audiences all across the country.”
The Tribeca Film Festival runs April 13-24, and the festival will announce this year’s full film slate beginning March 2. See the trailer for The First Monday in May above.