Equally fas­ci­nat­ing and breath­tak­ing

The First Mon­day in May (M)

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91 mins I used to own a pair of sparkly pink un­com­fort­ably high heels I wist­fully called my ‘‘pho­to­shoot shoes’’ – hop­ing, as you do, that one day Van­ity Fair magazine might need me for its cover, and that I would look stylish in some out­landish out­fit, with­out hav­ing to walk or move about. If I had you at ‘‘un­com­fort­ably high heels’’ then this lat­est fashion doc­u­men­tary has you em­broi­dered all over it. The First Mon­day in May fol­lows the cu­ra­tion of The Metropoli­tan Mu­seum of Art’s an­nual cos­tume ex­hi­bi­tion, and the cor­re­spond­ing lead-up to the event’s an­nual fundrais­ing shindig: the Met Gala.

There’s not a lot of drama plot­wise, but the be­hind-the-scenes footage of the ex­quis­ite en­sem­bles and in par­tic­u­lar the juicy al­most­gos­sip of ‘‘Who Can’t Sit With Whom’’ on the celebrity ta­bles is more than com­pelling.

And the clothes. Oh my. Not just ‘‘fashion’’ but ‘‘cloth­ing as art­works’’ say the ex­hi­bi­tion’s in­sid­ers and the doc­u­men­tary’s only down­side is that the cam­era of­ten glides too quickly for you to ab­sorb the in­cred­i­ble de­tail and breath­tak­ing beauty.

Vogue edi­tor Anna Win­tour has a star­ring role (she is sur­pris­ingly re­strained when ques­tioned about The Devil Wears Prada), and the in­ter­views with fa­mous de­sign­ers, al­though fairly safe in their con­tent, are fas­ci­nat­ing purely as an op­por­tu­nity to get so close as to ad­mire the hand­i­work of the in­ter­vie­wee’s sur­geon. Com­pul­sive view­ing for wannabe fash­ion­istas. – Sarah Watt

The First Mon­day in May fol­lows the cu­ra­tion of The Metropoli­tan Mu­seum of Art’s an­nual cos­tume ex­hi­bi­tion, and the lead-up to the event’s fundrais­ing shindig: the Met Gala.

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