The Cannes Film Festival’s Chicest Red Carpet Looks of All Time

These celebrities brought true glamour to the French Riviera.

Celebrities at Cannes Film Festival red carpet.

Since the 76th edition of the Cannes Film Festival, one of the great film events of the year will start on May 16, it is logical that we review this highly anticipated festival over the years, and not only because it honours, celebrates and awards the most famous productions of the year, as well as those that promise a promising future within the emerging cinema, but also for being a great display of glamour and elegance with looks to dream that leaves us year after year on the red carpet. The Cannes Film Festival gains strength and offers us more than nine days of celebration and premieres, recovering the original legacy that, in 1946 the French Association of the International Film Festival marked, without knowing it, as a date highlighted in the calendar for film lovers, but also of fashion and beauty.

Since it arrived in 1946, Cannes has always been one of the most anticipated industry events of the year. Renowned Hollywood stars and celebrities return once again to the French Riviera, making their spectacular entrances with designs that always leave people talking. More recently, the Cannes red carpet has been dominated by celebrities pulling out vintage pieces from the archives. Recall the sustainable move of Priyanka Chopra, who drew a sparkling gown from the Roberto Cavalli archives in 2019. Plus, the most iconic fashion rebel moments include Madonna removing her long pink gown to reveal a Jean Paul Gaultier cone bra and garter underneath. Of course, no best-dressed round-up would be complete without a nod to Rihanna, making her 2017 Cannes debut in an ivory Dior couture strapless strapless bustier dress with a matching XL coat and Matrix-esque shades.

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Kendall Jenner was ahead of the trends that are all the rage today betting on transparencies. The model wore a white tulle creation totally transparent, with a dizzying neckline and waist marked with a maxi jewel belt. A Schiaparelli Haute Couture design from the Fall-Winter 2017 collection.

Kendall Jenner at Cannes Film Festival, 2018.


The model Natasha Poly wanted to be the center of attention and partly succeeded. The reason? Her dress signed by Atelier Versace and taken from the Fall 2014 collection. A black strapless bodysuit that is accompanied by a large white skirt with lots of volume leaving a leg uncovered.

Natasha Poly at Cannes Film Festival, 2015.


Elle Fanning, who arrived for the debut of her latest film, Sofia Coppola’s The Beguiled , wore a strapless Vivienne Westwood dress with a hand-painted unicorn on the train. Apparently, the unicorn was Elle’s idea and is a nod to Westwood’s Birds of Paradise dresses from her Spring 2005 collection. The corseted piece was also inspired by 17th and 18th century salon culture design.

Elle Fanning at Cannes Film Festival, 2017.


In a magnificent convergence of royalty, both as the Queen of Pop and the Queen of Cannes, the incomparable Madonna graced the esteemed Cannes Film Festival. It was a moment that would forever be etched in the annals of fashion history. With audacious confidence and an unapologetic sense of style, Madonna captivated the world as she arrived at the premiere of her groundbreaking film ‘In Bed With Madonna’ in 1991. Adorned in an exquisite Jean Paul Gaultier lingerie-inspired ensemble, she radiated both sensuality and empowerment.

Madonna at Cannes Film Festival, 1987.


In a mesmerizing display of avant-garde fashion, the model commanded the spotlight, stealing the show with an extraordinary Schiaparelli fall 2021 couture dress. Every eye was drawn to the captivating centerpiece—a gold necklace ingeniously crafted in the shape of a pair of lungs. This audacious and thought-provoking ensemble transcended traditional boundaries, leaving the audience in awe of its daring creativity. The model’s fearless embrace of this unique fashion statement served as a vivid reminder that true artistry knows no limits, leaving an indelible mark on the world of high fashion at the esteemed Cannes event.

Bella Hadid at Cannes Film Festival, 2021.


In 1987, the illustrious Princess Diana graced the Cannes Film Festival in a mesmerizing powder blue chiffon dress crafted by Catherine Walker. Completing the ensemble with an impeccably coordinated scarf, she exuded timeless elegance. This iconic attire has since transcended its moment in history, garnering significant attention and allure, resulting in its eventual sale at an auction for a remarkable £81,000.

Princess Diana at Cannes Film Festival, 1987.