15 Fashion Triumphs From Cannes Over the Decades

If the Met Gala is the all-star showcase of red carpet admissions, the Oscars are the skills championship, and the MTV Video Music Awards are the X Games, then the Cannes Film Festival is practically the playoffs. Go up and down with clothes and show all the movements.

Clothing seems to be getting more extreme with the rise of social media, but this year’s festival runway runway (oops, red carpet) history from May 16-27 shows that it’s actually like this.

The Boulevard Croisette has always been a catwalk and we, enthusiastic spectators, are watching.


When she attended Cannes in the arms of her third husband, producer Mike Todd (who was there to promote “Around the World in 80 Days”), Ms. Taylor was Hollywood royalty, and she I dressed up that part. Her diamond Cartier tiara on the hem of her white Balmain gown and the fingertips of her opera gloves. Princess Her dress will forever be a festival staple (especially when Princess Her Grace and Diana bow in Cannes).


Deneuve attended Cannes with her then-husband, photographer David Bailey, in a long sequin Yves Saint Laurent t-shirt dress with seaside stripes. I was a de facto YSL ambassador even before I joined (my usual nickname at the time was ‘Muse’). For decades, she remained faithful to wearing YSL on and off screen. But when it comes to casual glamor, this dress sets the tone and proves that the concept isn’t contradictory, but rather a potential genre in its own right.


Birkin showed up in Cannes with girlfriend Serge Gainsbourg and a picnic basket as a handbag, not just during the day, but on the red carpet in a shimmering frock. According to reports It was the Birkin bag before the Birkin bag, found in a fishing village in Portugal. It has become a symbol of British stardom and a particular je ne sais quoi of the bohemian style and bohemian nature of Cannes.


She came to Cannes to present herself with ‘Madonna: Truth or Dare’. She walked the premiere carpet in a voluminous pink taffeta coat, but dropped it at the last minute to reveal a white satin cone bra, knickers…and a garter belt set. She freed the public from lethargy and ushered in a new era of peekaboo dressing for her.


In 2002, Ms. Stone came to Cannes as part of a film festival jury and walked the red carpet to revive her flag profile. another fashion statement every night. But years before that, she caused a dressing up stir when she arrived at the premiere of “Unzipped” in a champagne-colored satin skirt. Since then, the shorts have become a festival staple.


Minimalism was brought to the Croisette courtesy of Ms. Moss, who attended the premiere of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas with then-boyfriend Johnny Depp. Ms. Moss wore a black cocktail dress with ostrich feathers on her top, almost no makeup, just a few diamonds and few sandals. She washed the Auger stables in Cannes clean and made everyone else look overdone and overdressed.


Ms. Swinton strode the carpet in a metallic pantsuit, proving that women don’t need a big dress to make a big statement.


Evangelista posed like a Lanvin gold Greek statuette at the premiere of “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.” We’ve raised the fashion ante even higher.


Nyong’o seemed to embody spring itself in a green pleated chiffon dress from Gucci accented with crystal flowers. Just months after Alessandro Michele took over as creative director of the Italian Maison, the dress ushered in a new aesthetic and Hollywood love with Gucci.


Clooney completely covered up her husband George at the premiere of “Money Monster” and made her Cannes debut in a classic buttery yellow Atelier Versace dress with a high slit on one leg. Substance is not an antithesis.


She made her first Cannes appearance at the premiere of “Okja” in an ivory Dior couture dress, long coat and New Wave style sunglasses. Two years later, Dior’s owner LVMH announced a deal with the artist for her own fashion line, which closed during the pandemic, but her cool channel capacity never wavered.


Stewart’s short chain mail Chanel dress was a combative mix of armor and crystal, but what really made the news was her decision to ditch her Christian Louboutin heels and walk barefoot up the stairs. come in a year the actor sued As for the festival’s implicit high-heeled dress code, it was an undeniable fashion slowdown and a step forward towards wardrobe fairness.


The French actress turned down the Cannes Conference in ultimate elegance in a high-necked, long-sleeved, all-black Balenciaga gown with matching boot leggings and matching shades. It cuts through carpet foam and excess like a knife.


The lone person on this trend-setting list, Lee eschewed the usual tuxedo and white dinner jacket for Louis Vuitton’s Virgil Abloh sunset suit bouquet, opting for an old penguin suit as head of the jury. I was ashamed. He did the right thing.


Sometimes the vast skies of the Côte d’Azur seem to stretch the skirts of the Cannes carpet even further, but Ms. Bachchan tops them all with Gaurav Gupta’s fantastical creations, giving off some sort of alien smoke. It seemed that the goddess of the goddess embodied… on earth. At times, the Cannes look seems out of this world.

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