Noteworthy #057: The First Monday in May

The First Monday in May. to some it may be just another day, but to others it’s the date of the most important night in fashion: the Met Gala.

Now, The First Monday in May is also the name of a documentary on the infamous fashion event. Capturing all the planning and hard work it takes to execute the annual Met Gala, the documentary follows the creation of The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s exhibition “China: Through the Looking Glass,” which is the theme that last year’s gala was centered around.

The documentary, which debuted at the Tribecca Film Festival and is currently showing in select cities across the U.S, is directed by by filmmaker Andrew Rossi and features the likes of Anna Wintour, Karl Lagerfeld, Jean Paul Gaultier, John Galliano, Sarah Jessica Parker, Rihanna and more.

The documentary also explores the intersection between fashion and art. As you may know, the purpose of the Met Gala, as glamorous as it may be, (you’ve seen those red carpet photos, right?!), is to raise money for the museum’s Costume Institute, which contains more than 35,000 costumes and accessories from five continents and seven centuries.

Needles to say, understanding the origin and purpose of the gala is a great step in cementing its importance, legacy and legitimacy – as if it wasn’t the most coveted fashion event of the year already.

To learn more about the documentary and find a showing near you, visit

Emma Klug started The Style Note in the fall of 2012. Her writing has been featured in DBusiness Magazine, Chicago Sun-Times, Nothing Major, The Working Wardrobe, Chicago Talks, Inexpensive Chic, and The Wayne State University student paper: The South End. When she’s not writing you can find her eating pizza, binge-watching Netflix and working her day job as a magazine editor.


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