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12 of the Best Cannes Film Festival Looks of All Time

As the world turns to the French Riviera to witness some of the most glamorous and spectacular red carpet designs with tulle and jewels as far as the eye can see, the week-long extravaganza at Cannes Film Festival hosts some of the most anticipated cinematic releases of the year, and is unarguably one of the most important events on the fashion calendar.

Unfortunately, in wake of the coronavirus pandemic, this year’s festival⁠—which would have been its 73rd⁠—has been canceled. As the event was scheduled to take place in May, we can’t help but feel nostalgic for the enchantment of years past, from some of the greatest icons of all time.

The festival has initiated a Marché du Film Online, which allows for virtual screenings and meetings to support film professionals. While that means this year we won’t be seeing stars in their greatest ensembles, we can take a look back at some of the most iconic looks that have defined the red carpet.

Princess Diana

Princess Diana, Cannes, Red Carpet Style

Princess Diana at the 1987 Cannes Film Festival.

Princess Diana only attended Cannes Film Festival once, in 1987, but her powder blue chiffon gown by Catherine Walker made waves for its feminine appeal.

Blake Lively

Blake Lively, Cannes, Red Carpet Style

Blake Lively at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival.

In 2016, Blake Lively paved the way for a modern glamorous maternity style. The actress was glowing in a blue Versace dress while pregnant with her second child.


Rihanna, Cannes, Red Carpet Style

Rihanna at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival.

In 2017, Rihanna proved it is all in the details when she wore a Dior Haute Couture gown with a matching coat. Accessorized with giant cocktail rings and futuristic white sunnies, of course.

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Lupita Nyong’o

Lupita Nyong’o, Cannes, Red Carpet Style

Lupita Nyong’o at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival.

Instantly winning the title for best dressed, Lupita Nyong’o looked almost dream-like, in an ethereal bright green Gucci gown at the 2015 event.

Bella Hadid

Bella hadid, Cannes, Red Carpet Style

Bella Hadid at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival.

While sparking controversy, the young Bella Hadid cemented her status as a style icon in 2016. The supermodel wore a red Alexandre Vauthier gown with a risque up-to-there slit.

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Cannes, Red Carpet Style

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival.

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan had a major tulle moment at the 2019 festival. Designed by none other than Ashi Studio, this dress was the ultimate showstopper.

Elle Fanning

Elle Fanning, Cannes, Red Carpet Style

Elle Fanning at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival.

Elle Fanning wearing Dior in 2019 brought some fun to fashion. Wearing an ultra-feminine style inspired by the ‘New Look’ topped off with an elegant black hat, she instantly transported us to the late 1940s.

Sophia Loren

Sophia loren, Cannes, Red Carpet Style

Sophia Loren at the 1955 Cannes Film Festival.

Sophia Loren made her first appearance on the carpet in 1955. Wearing a corseted strapless gown, she quickly became one of the most iconic and photographed women at the festival.


Madonna, Cannes, Red Carpet Style

Madonna at the Cannes Film Festival.

One of many Madonna looks that made fashion history, the pop legends appearance truly shocked the crowds. In collaboration with Jean-Paul Gaultier, she wore silvery underclothes and a pink silk wrap.

Catherine Deneuve

Cannes, Red Carpet Style

Catherine Deneuve at the 1966 Cannes Film Festival.

For the 1966 Cannes Film Festival, Catherine Deneuve wore a striped maxi dress with long gloves and bow headband–creating a quirky yet elegant look to remember.

Kristen Stewart

Kristen Stewart

Kristen Stewart at the 71st Cannes Film Festival

Kristen Stewart wore custom Chanel Haute Couture in 2018, made all the more iconic by her choice to remove her Louboutin heels–fighting the festivals ‘high heels only’ rule.

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