“The First Monday in May” is about 2014 China: Through the Looking Glass Met Gala. Having a whole exhibit done by Andrew Bolton, Head Curator of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute, and Anna Wintour, the editor-in-chief of Vogue, watching Bolton caused several people to question whether or not some pieces were cultural appropriation or appreciation of the culture itself. Although the main reason was to get people to more invoked in having fashion inside of museums, problems came along with it.
Some rising issues that caused Fania Soo Hoo and Cheryl Wischhover from Fashionista to call out for being racist would be the celebrity guests wearing: winged eyeliner, headdresses, using chopsticks in one’s hair, sexualising traditional Chinese dresses, and wearing clothes from a different Asian culture that is not Chinese to the show.
Although some people actually did appreciate the clothing worn by the celebrities because they fit in with the Chinese theme and did not, in fact, insult the culture and appreciated it instead. Several of the celebrities wore pieces created by Chinese designers and wore clothes originating from China and not by other cultures. In the end, the show is an interpretation of the Chinese culture through the Western culture perspective as it is called, “Chine: Through the Looking Glass.