If you have any pretensions to being on the A-List in NYC then you have to be able to afford $55,000 for a ticket and then get invited to attend…the Met Gala (otheriwse known rather grandly as the The Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Gala).
And to get invited Anna Wintour has to either like you or tolerate you. You can easily work out where you rank on the like/tolerate scale by where you finish up on the seating plan, Wintour’s key weapon in imposing her imprint on the social event of the year in NYC, which is right up there with the Oscars and the Super Bowl in celebrity cultural significance in the nation.
Of course this celebrity high stakes chess game, disguised as a social event, is closely watched by those of us who will never, ever in a million years cop an invite. But now the curtain has been drawn back a little on the inner workings of how it all happens in the documentary ‘The First Sunday In May’ on 2015′s Met Gala which is always allied with the very famous Met’s Costume Institute’ annual exhibtion. Last year it was the particularly stunning ‘China:Through the looking Glass’ Exhibition.
Anna Wintour’s pre-eminent status in NYC fashion has already been abundantly on display in the film, ‘And the Devil Wears Prada’ and TV documentaries such as ‘The September Issue’ and ‘Boss Women: Anna Wintour’ and others.
Yes the magic combination of celebrity, status, untold power and glittering fashion is about as compelling as it gets so until the distant day when Anna Wintour steps down from her role as Chairwoman of the Met Gala we will all stand with our faces pressed to the glass, marvelling at how these wondrous creatures live their lives. Now where is that documentary being screened locally so I can go see it.