THE FIRST MON­DAY IN MAY

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OUT 30 Septem­ber / CERT 12A / 91 mins direc­tor andrew Rossi cast andrew Bolton, anna Win­tour, Wong Kar-wai, Karl Lager­feld CUL­TURE’S DE­PEN­DENCE ON celebrity is ex­plored in this in­trigu­ing, if preen­ing documentary chron­i­cling Vogue doyenne anna Win­tour’s bid to stage a gala wor­thy of The Met’s cos­tume cu­ra­tor andrew Bolton’s spec­tac­u­lar China: Through The Look­ing

Glass ex­hi­bi­tion. Com­pared to the tren­chancy of andrew Rossi’s 2011 ex­posé of The New

York Times, this lacks wit and caus­tic­ity. More­over, Win­tour is al­lowed to hi­jack pro­ceed­ings, with flashes of her ‘dragon lady’ tem­per­a­ment dis­tract­ing from clashes between Bolton and artis­tic direc­tor Wong Kar-wai over such is­sues as colo­nial­ism, stereo­typ­ing and ap­pro­pri­a­tion, which are cen­tral to the dis­cus­sion of Western ar­ro­gance and fash­ion’s sta­tus as art.

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