Film screening: The First Monday in May fashion documentary

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Friday 3 May 2019


6pm - 7pm   Drinks reception

7pm                  Film

8.30pm            Q&A

9pm                  Close


The Stripe, University of Winchester, Sparkford Road, Winchester SO22 4NR


The University of Winchester is delighted to host a special screening of The First Monday in May (90 mins, director Andrew Rossi, 2016), followed by a Q&A as part of Winchester Fashion Week 2019 .

 Once a year, on the first Monday in May, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York opens its doors to the Met Gala, the ‘Super Bowl’ of social fashion events. The visionary at the heart of this spectacle is Andrew Bolton, the renowned British curator from Lancashire. In 2015, the event raised a record $12.5 million for the Museum.

Andrew Rossi’s film is a Who’s Who of the fashion world. The late Karl Lagerfeld makes claim to designing clothes that are ‘applied art’ whilst Jean-Paul Gaultier insists that his silhouettes represent the highs and lows of society and that to survive, clothes must be “politically and economically alive!” Behind the scenes, Anna Wintour, Vogue Editor-in-Chief, draws together the worlds of high culture and celebrity in time for the grand opening. Once you’ve watched this film you will never underestimate the power of clothes to speak to people or to tell stories.

 Dr Savithri Bartlett, Senior Research Fellow (Knowledge Exchange), who teaches on the BA (Hons) Fashion Marketing programme at the University of Winchester, will introduce the film and lead a Q&A with special guests after the screening.     

 Join us from 6pm for an informal drinks reception before the screening at 7pm. The evening should finish by 9pm.

The screening is free but booking is essential. Book online here.


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