Kicking off this year’s 15th annual Tribeca Film Festival in true high style, event chairmen announced that the inaugural day of the highly-anticipated event will be celebrated with a screening of the documentary The First Monday in May, a cinematic foray into the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s famed fashion exhibition and gala from last year, China: Through the Looking Glass.

Spearheaded by Curator in Charge at the Costume Institute, Andrew Bolton, the exhibit explores the delicate intersection between fine art, haute fashion, and the culture of celebrity, as documented by Emmy-nominated filmmaker Andrew Rossi. Amassing crowds of more than 800,000 visitors- making it the most popular exhibit in Costume Institute history to date-  Rossi grants unprecedented access into the journey of East-meets-West, offering an artistic perspective into the osmosis of Chinese influence on American fashion. With cameos from Vogue Editor-in-Chief, Anna Wintour and the founding fathers of contemporary fashion themselves, Karl Lagerfeld, Jean Paul Gaultier and John Galliano, the film alludes to the hybridization of fashion as art, suggesting that the two are not in fact, mutually exclusive.

A portrait of NYC culture as manifested in its many forms, The First Monday in May kicks off The Tribeca Film Festival with its opening night screening Wednesday, April 13th at the Tribeca Performing Arts Center. For more information, please visit

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