My friend Eleanor, who by the way is super plugged into Miami’s local culture and social scene, sent me an invite to see THE FIRST MONDAY IN MAY at O Cinema recently.

 I couldn’t resist this fashion film freebie.  This intimate documentary dives into New York’s premier fashion event and exposes the preparation that it takes to put this monumental show together.

THE FIRST MONDAY IN MAY follows the creation of The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s most attended fashion exhibition in history, “China: Through The Looking Glass,” an exploration of Chinese-inspired Western fashions by Costume Institute curator Andrew Bolton.

All-access director Andrew Rossi captured the interweaving of haute couture and celebrity at the Met Gala.  It stars Vogue’s fashion sweetheart, editor Anna Wintour, who comes through the celluloid as a sensitive, caring, understanding hostess.  (Have you seen THE DEVEL WEARS PRADA?), but I digress. 

The doc features a cast of renowned artists in many fields including: filmmaker Wong Kar Wai and fashion designers Karl Lagerfeld, Jean-Paul Gaultier and John Galliano, as well as a host of contemporary pop icons such as Rihanna. 

“China: Through The Looking Glass,” is a movie that asks the question: Should fashion be viewed as art?   Personally I enjoyed the film very much.  I only wish that the two French ladies who sat behind me had kept their interminable chattering to themselves, however…noblesse oblige.

O Cinema, 90 NW 29th St., Wynwood, Miami.  Details: 305 571.9970.