Anna Wintour's Met Gala demands revealed in new documentary

Fashion heavyweight Anna Wintour is one of the most powerful names in the business, so it comes as no surprise that the Vogue editor has specific demands she expects to be met. Her strive for excellence is documented in the new film The First Monday in May – a documentary feature on one of the biggest nights of the fashion calendar: the Met Gala.

Every year the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute in New York throws a fundraising gala to open its curated fashion exhibit. Style stars like Beyoncé, Rihanna and Kim Kardashian walk the red carpet in magnificent creations by the world's top designers.

In one scene from the new documentary, Anna and her party commander-in-chief Sylvanna Durrett are seen pouring over the guest list. "I thought he wasn't coming?" Anna questions in her crisp British accent, pointing at one name.


Anna Wintour is very specific when it comes to plans for the Met Gala

Sylvanna responds: "I know, but then he decided he wanted to come." Looking almost annoyed, Anna says: "OK, can he not be on his cellphone the entire time then?"

And it's not just mobile phones Anna has a problem with: she also has a heavy influence over the menu of canapes the celebrities nibble on between glasses of champagne.

New documentary The First Monday in May will go behind-the-scenes of her planning

According to the New York Post, one of her former employees claimed any food containing parsley is banned 'because you don't want that stuck in your teeth', garlic and onions are a no-no to avoid bad breath and to avoid any nasty spills on the couture gowns slippery snacks like bruschetta never make it onto Anna's menu.


Something which Anna spends a long time deliberating over is the seating plan, which has to perfect while taking into consideration the personal tastes of the celebrities.

Vogue contributing editor André Leon Talley said: "Anna does it like the head of state. She wants it to be as near [as] possible [to] a perfect party. She wants to mix people up – the dazzle glamour of Beyoncé next to Kim Kardashian next to Lady Gaga next to Alexander Wang."

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