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The First Monday In May (2016/Magnolia DVD)

Picture: C Sound: C Extras: B Documentary: B+

Welcome to the biggest party/event of the year, Anna Wintour and Andrew Bolton's 2015 Met Gala "China: Through the Looking Glass", a fusion of Chinese culture mixed with modern Western/European fashion with over 150 dresses. It is where hundreds of name brand designers/dressmakers have a chance to display their master pieces for the rich and famous and all the latest of fashions, designers, hottest models and actors are gathered together for only one night. Yet, what was only for one night took months of planning, follow Anna Wintour and Andrew Bolton as they plan this massive gathering for New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art in Andrew Rossi's The First Monday In May (2016).

It the social gather event of the year for those in fashion industry, one night for them to find next year's sponsors, clientele and prospective customers. However, most of all it is one night for them to make a name for themselves in the years to come. This documentary film takes a look into the fashion industry, at what point does fashion turn from clothes to art? The Gala is one night where fashion designers knows no limits to their imagination, where million dollar dresses/costumes appear on the red carpet to be worn by rich and powerful. Who cares if you can barely walk in them or if you can't sit in them? They are beautiful and therefore works of art. This is very thoroughly detailed, joining a cycle of such fashion docs and runs 91 minutes.

The anamorphically enhanced 1.78 X 1 image can look good, but also have its share of motion blur and the lossy Dolby Digital is also sometimes weak due to flaws and some location audio limits. Maybe it would play better on Blu-ray, but we get mixed results here. Extras are a plus and include deleted scenes, interview with the director and trailers.

- Ricky Chiang


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