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The Tribeca Film Festival opened last night with The First Monday in May, a sweeping behind-the-scenes look at the making of the 2015 Met Ball and its theme, China: Through the Looking Glass.
Andrew Bolton of the Met's Costume Institute and Vogue's Anna Wintour granted filmmaker Andrew Rossi unprecedented access to the making of both the exhibit and the spectacle of the opening night gala. So much access, in fact, that a bunch of delicious celebrity interactions and biting Wintourisms made their way into the movie.
Fans of fashion will love the how-the-sausage-is-made aspect of the film, the look behind the scenes, and the slow-mo pans of the gowns on the red carpet. For everyone else, there's juicy gossip. See the best quotes from The First Monday in May below.
1. Amal Clooney snubbed André Leon Talley.
On the night of the gala, Vogue contributing editor André Leon Talley was posted on the red carpet to conduct rapid-fire celebrity interviews. At one point, ALT demanded that his assistants get the Clooneys in front of the camera. Then, in a very fast and high pitch that indicates heavy stress, he shouted, "Tell Anna. Mr. Clooney said hello, but Mrs. Clooney just walked by. She's wearing John Galliano."
2. This gem of shade.
Anna Wintour: "I thought he wasn't coming."
Sylvana Durrett, Vogue's director of special projects: "I know, but then he decided he wanted to come."
AW: "OK, can he not be on his cell phone the entire time, then?"
I wanted this to be Justin Bieber. Everyone did. It's just one of many things you want to say to His Twerpiness. Page Six is spreading the rumor, however, that it's Ricky Van Veen, College Humor co-founder and Allison Williams's husband.
Photo: Michael Stewart/Getty Images
3. Calvin Klein wanted to bring Josh Hartnett. Vogue was like LOL nah.
SD: "We have Dave Franco. And who's the other one you were saying? Josh Hartnett? What has he done lately? Nothing. You guys are all set. You have Kendall."
They have a point.
4. This tasteless bit.
In the final day of pulling the event together, Anna walked over to curtains that line the Temple of Dendur-turned-dining room, and asked what they're made of.
AW: What are these? Nylon?
SD: Silk! It's silk.
SD: Of course it's silk.
AW: Were they made in China?
The whole theater collectively cringed.
Photo: Getty Images
6. Anna put Chloë in the corner.
The politics of seating arrangements was a surprisingly interesting story to follow, and one of the victims of Anna's arrangement in 2015 was Chloë Sevigny. Upon arriving at her table in the corner, she said, "Oh my god, I'm going to be all by my lonesome, just like high school." (Don't worry, Odell Beckham Jr.'s table invited her to sit with them.)
7. Anna on what is and isn't art.
The push and pull between Anna, charged with raising money for the museum, and Met staffers, charged with protecting art in the museum, added a little extra dramatic flair to the final moments of the film.
At one point, Anna wanted to move a very solid pillar in the atrium so as not to block the view for guests like "Harvey" (Weinstein, of course) and Anne Hathaway.
AW: "Why [can't we move it]? This isn't art."
Museum staffer: "Well, it's Tiffany's."
Timothy A. Clary
8. Justin Bieber was a twerp.
Bieber may or may not have been the subject of Anna's cell phone remark, but he still found a way to act out. Stopping by the Maoist uniform portion of the exhibit (a confusing element of the show and movie), he gave a salute and asked Olivier Rousteing and friends, "How do you think this would look on me?"
9. Larry David was magic.
Larry David, style icon, walked out onto the red carpet and said, "What the fuck is this?"