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Eccentric Glamour: The Most Iconic Looks From Cannes

May 14 2014 - 10:00am

Is there a more fashionable film festival than the one at Cannes? Based on the black-tie dress code and the sheer amount of couture worn on the red carpet there, it's fair to say that this French town — which witnessed the beginning of its 67th annual film festival today — has seen some of the best-dressed women on earth.

And while this year is already shaping up to be spectacularly glamorous, there are more than a few dresses in years past that stick out as some of the most iconic ensembles in Cannes history. From the gold-spangled Lanvin [1] dress Linda Evangelista wore on the carpet in 2008 to the Jean Paul Gaultier [2] bustier Madonna [3] wore in 1991, these gowns are sure to go down as some of the most-loved Cannes red carpet choices of all time. A look at our favorites, here in the gallery.

Cate Blanchett [4] wore an Alexander McQueen [5] gown at the Cannes premiere of Robin Hood in 2010.

Madonna [6] wore an ensemble designed by Jean Paul Gaultier [7] — including one of the now-iconic cone-shaped bustiers he created for her — at the 1991 Cannes premiere of her movie In Bed With Madonna.

Jessica Biel [8] turned up the glamour for the Inside Llewyn Davis premiere at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival, wearing an ultratextured, strapless Marchesa [9] dress cut to reveal a feather underlay with a bejeweled serpent collar necklace, Marchesa clutch, and nude pumps.

Naomi Campbell [10] wore a custom Roberto Cavalli [11] gown in 2010 for the Cannes premiere of Biutiful.

Salma Hayek [12] wore a strapless gray Gucci [13] Premiere gown to the 2011 Cannes premiere of Midnight in Paris.

Natalie Portman [14] wore this dramatic Givenchy [15] dress to the amfAR Cinema Against AIDS dinner at Cannes in 2008.

Fan Bingbing wore a heavily embroidered Christopher Bu gown to the 2012 Cannes premiere of Moonrise Kingdom.

Diane Kruger [16] wore a mint green Giambattista Valli [17] gown at the 2012 Cannes premiere of Moonrise Kingdom.

Beyoncé Knowles wore a dress from her mother Tina's label House of Deréon to the 2006 premiere of Dreamgirls.

Tilda Swinton wore a copper Haider Ackermann [18] gown to the 2012 Cannes premiere of Moonrise Kingdom.

Catherine Zeta-Jones [19] wore a pink gown for the 1999 Cannes premiere of her movie Entrapment.

Karolina Kurkova wore a Roberto Cavalli [20] gown to the 2012 Cannes premiere of Killing Them Softly.

Kristen Stewart [21] wore a red Reem Acra gown at the 2012 Cannes premiere of Cosmopolis.

Laetitia Casta made headlines by wearing this silk kimono on the Cannes red carpet in 2001.

Uma Thurman [22] wore a white fringed Versace [23] gown to the 2011 Cannes premiere of Midnight in Paris.

Freida Pinto wore a Michael Angel gown to the 2012 Cannes premiere of Moonrise Kingdom.

Emma Watson [24] looked perfectly elegant in a black-and-white silk crepon Chanel Haute Couture dress when she took to the red carpet at the 2013 Cannes premiere of The Bling Ring.

At the All Is Lost premiere at Cannes in 2013, Alessandra Ambrosio struck the fiercest pose she's got in an armor-like silver embellished long-sleeved gown by Roberto Cavalli [25].

Kirsten Dunst [26] chose a long-sleeved gown for the festival premiere of her movie Marie Antoinette in 2006.

Angelina Jolie [27] wore a nude Atelier Versace [28] dress in 2009 for the Cannes premiere of Inglourious Basterds.

Eva Herzigova bared both legs in a dramatic dress from Anna Molinari [29] at the 2006 Cannes premiere of The Da Vinci Code.

The train of the Marchesa [30] gown Eva Longoria [31] wore to the 2012 Cannes premiere of Moonrise Kingdom got a lot of attention.

Marion Cotillard wore a soft, gold gown with a cutout back to the Cannes premiere of We Own the Night in 2007.

Naomi Watts [32] wore a Marchesa [33] gown for a screening of Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted during the 2012 Cannes Film Festival.

Zoe Saldana [34] attended the 2013 premiere of Blood Ties in a Valentino gown featuring a decadently embroidered gunmetal-gray overlay.

Dita von Teese [35] wore this plum dress to the premiere of Selon Charlie in 2006.

Audrey Tatou wore a white cocktail dress and jacket to the festival's gala dinner in 2006.

Gwyneth Paltrow [36] wore a midnight blue Chanel gown at the 2008 festival premiere of Two Lovers.

Linda Evangelista shimmered in gold Lanvin [37] at the 2008 festival premiere of Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.

Jessica Chastain wore a Zac Posen [38] dress at the 2011 Cannes premiere of The Tree of Life.

Princess Diana chose a simple blue chiffon dress by Catherine Walker for the festival in 1987. It was reportedly meant as an homage to a gown Princess Grace of Monaco wore in Alfred Hitchcock's To Catch a Thief.

Nicole Kidman [39] wore a Pucci dress to the 2003 Cannes premiere of Dogville.

Kate Beckinsale [40] wore a Marchesa [41] gown in 2010 for the Cannes premiere of Robin Hood.

Michelle Williams [42] wore a pale pink Chanel couture gown at the afterparty for Blue Valentine in 2010.

Rachel McAdams [43] wore a sheer Marchesa [44] gown for the 2011 Cannes premiere of Midnight in Paris.

Penélope Cruz wore a Marchesa [45] gown for the 2011 Cannes premiere of Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides.

Proving she really is a style golden girl [46], Olivia Palermo went full-carat-ahead in a long Roberto Cavalli [47] gown and jacket for the 2013 Immigrant premiere.

Gwen Stefani [48] wore a Giorgio Armani [49] dress to the 2011 Cannes premiere of This Must Be the Place.

Cara Delevingne amped up the sex appeal in a body-con Burberry [50] gown with a plunging neckline at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival.

Charlize Theron [51] wore a seafoam Christian Dior [52] gown at the 2004 premiere of De Lovely.

Erin Wasson wore an Antonio Berardi [53] gown to the 2012 Cannes premiere of Amour.

Jennifer Lopez [54] wore a pink Roberto Cavalli [55] gown to the amfAR Cinema Against AIDS gala in 2010.


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