Thursday, 27 October 2016

The First Monday in May @ The ACE Hotel with Fashion on Screen

We went to see The First Monday in May at the ACE Hotel,
Shoreditch High Street, London
with Fashion on Screen on Saturday 22 October.

The Fashion World's equivalent of the Super Bowl
John Powers Vogue

It's a smart, illuminating look behind the curtain at one of New York's greatest institutions 

and the fascinating mechanics that make it tick.
Adam Rathe  Du Jour

The First Monday in May takes us behind the scenes 
at the preparations for The Met Gala 
- the opening night of the 2015 art exhibit 
China: Through the Looking Glass held at 
New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art on Monday 4 May 2015.
Due the high calibre of guests
attending each year and the strict dress code,
 this glittering occasion is
often referred to as The Oscars of the East Coast
or indeed The Oscars of Fashion. 

The Museum celebrated 100 years of the Asian Art Department

 and the show was exhibited in both 
The Anna Wintour Center and the Met's Asian Galleries.

The Exhibit was overseen by 

Andrew Bolton Curator at The Anna Wintour Center
Maxwell K Hearn the Chairman of the Asian Art Department 
and art directed by film maker Wong Kar-Wai.

"Ever since the silk trade between 

China and the Roman Empire blossomed 
in the late 1st and early 2nd Centuries, 
China has been a rich source of inspiration for the West," 
Bolton said in a film recorded at 
the preview of the exhibition in Beijing in Jan 2015.

Wintour, U.S. Vogue's editor in chief 

and Conde Nast's artistic director 
who has chaired the gala every year since 1995, 
has co-hosted every year since 1999.  
In May 2014 The Costume Institute
at the Met was renamed The Anna Wintour Center.

Gala Tickets now cost US$30,000 and raised 12.5 million in 2015.

The exhibition centred on China's influence 

on Western Fashion through displays of 
original paintings, jade, bronze, 
lacquer and porcelain alongside 
150 costumes by more than 40 designers.
Incorporated in the show were scenes 
from films by groundbreaking Chinese directors 
Zhang Yimou, Chen Kaige, Ang Lee and Wong Kar-wai.

The show attracted 815,992 visitors exceeding 

even the super popular 2011 exhibit 
also curated by Bolton Alexander McQueen - Savage Beauty, 
and now stands as one of the 
top five most visited shows at the Met.

On 8 September 2015 it was announced that Andrew Bolton,

 who moved to the Met from London's V and A in 2002, 
was to replace Harold Koda as curator in chief 
of The Anna Wintour Center.

The film was introduced by Peter Ogunsalu Fashion on Screen's
Project Development Director

Peter Ogunsalu has over 28 years' experience in the film industry. 
He has worked closely with iconic producers 
including Stephen Woolley and Harvey Weinstein 
and their various production companies.
Peter specialises in brand marketing associated with 
film and fashion having worked on classic diverse 
production including: 
The Crying Game, Michael Collins, 
The End of the Affair, Interview with The Vampire, 
and How to Lose Friends and Alienate People. 
Amber Butchart gave a short talk about Fashion Films
including the classic Unzipped the behind the scenes film covering the launch of Isaac Mizrahi's 1994 Fall Collection;
and Grey Gardens a documentary covering the daily lives of Edie Bouvier Beale and her mother Edith, relatives of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis on their Long Island Estate.  Grey Gardens has become a style notebook for designers and stylists alike.

Amber Butchart is a fashion historian and author.
Her book The Fashion of Film was sold at the screening.

“Lavishly illustrated and tirelessly researched… Butchart’s 
book is an engrossing, intelligent study of the 
cultural waves made by cinema.” – Sight and Sound
Amber is an Associate Lecturer at London College of Fashion and a former Research Fellow at the University of the Arts London. As a Radio Academy Award-nominated broadcaster, she has contributed to numerous productions for the BBC, Sky Arts and Channel 4. 
Check out the website of Broken Hearts 
to find out about Amber's DJ creative collaboration 
with Nisha Stevens. 

Fashion on Screen delivers exciting events and film premieres 
in London showing the ever-evolving relationship 
between cinema and fashion. Time and again, 
we have brought you close to the experts 
whose talents are so important and influential: 
costume designers, make-up artists, 
film and documentary makers, fashion houses, 
premium brands, photographers, 
curators and biographers. 
We are now expanding into an exciting 
new phase of film and TV production funding, 
delivering great British entertainment 
across all channels: TV, cinema and 
digital alongside our events division.

Look out for Fashion on Screen's next exciting event 
on 12 December with a showing of 
the Bond Documentary and interview with Lucy Choi 
niece of Jimmy Choo
show casing her collection of shoes inspired by Bond Girls


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