Kirsten Dunst's stylists were inspired by "feminine women with a strong sense of self that are sophisticated and elegant," like Sophia Loren and Faye Dunaway for Dunst's Cannes looks

By catherinekast
June 03, 2016 09:19 PM

It takes a lot to stand out on the Cannes Film Festival red carpet — perhaps the most glamorous event in the world. But juror Kirsten Dunst was up to the task. She made her mark in 14 ensembles so amazing, we had to go straight to her stylists, sisters Nina and Clare Hallworth, to ask how they put together her looks.

“Kirsten has an eclectic sensibility, at once modern and nostalgic. Her look is youthful, chic and classic,” they wrote to PeopleStyle in an email. “We love beautifully made, classic silhouettes. The options are then endless, as we work with designers who we esteem and have long-term relationships with.” The sisters have been working with Dunst for 16 years now; they met on a photo shoot for Rolling Stone in 2000, and their first red carpet was the 2002 Academy Awards, Dunst’s first Oscars ever.

When the Hallworths were curating the looks for Dunst to wear during the festival, they were inspired by “women who embodied ‘La Dolce Vita,'” they said. “Kirsten took her responsibilities as a juror very seriously, but she is a joyful young woman and we wanted her to have fun. We were all inspired by classic beauties, feminine women with a strong sense of self that are sophisticated and elegant, such as Sophia Loren, Elizabeth Taylor, Lauren Bacall and Gena Rowlands, and Faye Dunaway.” So they incorporated iconic vintage pieces into her a few of her looks; the Salvatore Ferragamo bamboo bag she carried several times throughout the festival was actually originally designed for Sophia Loren!

Get more scoop on her festival finest, below:

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in a crepe Dior dress from the 1947 autumn/winter Haute Couture collection with a metallic belt and Salvatore Ferragamo gold-heeled “Invisible Sandals” (below) with a bamboo bag by Ferragamo. The shoes and the bag are also vintage, and the shoe won the Neiman-Marcus award for design in 1947.

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in a white silk Dior Haute Couture gown with lily-of-the-valley embroidery

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in a Gucci gown covered in large floral appliques

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in a champagne Valentino gown and pink diamond Chopard earrings

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in a silk Chanel suit and Fred Leighton jewels (see her clutch below)


in a Marc Jacobs ballerina-print gown

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in a custom-made marigold Maison Margiela Haute Couture gown

Tell us: Which of Kirsten’s Cannes looks is your favorite?

–Catherine Kast