24 of the Most Memorable Style Moments in Cannes Film Festival History
GRACE KELLY — 1955
The future princess of Monaco met the prince she'd marry one year later during her first outing on the French Riviera — and who can blame him for falling in love with her in this full-skirted ball gown, luxe fur stole, elegant bucket bag and sparkling earrings.
SOPHIA LOREN — 1955
The Italian actress's corseted ball gown could be in the dictionary next to “classic movie star style” with its sweetheart neckline, elbow-high gloves, statement and fur wrap.
NATALIE WOOD — 1962
The perfect accessory for the movie star's elegant styled updo and chic circle coat with white gloves? A date as good-looking as Warren Beatty.
CATHERINE DENEUVE — 1966
If you couldn't tell by the column glittery striped gown, large hoop earrings and flippy hairstyle tied off with a bow headband, it was the height of '60s mod (and she was the very French standard-bearer for the look).
PRINCESS DIANA — 1987
Her pleated strapless gown with elegant scarf and matching drop earrings was so timeless, you'd never know she wore it in 1987.
ELIZABETH TAYLOR — 1987
Elizabeth on the other hand, went full-out “Joan Collins on Dynasty” (no, seriously: Alexis Carrington Colby wore a nearly identical gown on the show) with a puffy-sleeve ball gown, spiky teased do and chandelier earrings.
MADONNA — 1991
The singer arrived to the premiere of her film, In Bed with Madonna, in a cone-shaped bra, high-waisted underwear and a cover-up that very fittingly gave off bedsheet vibes.
SANDRA BULLOCK — 2002
The only thing more attention-grabbing than her ruffled, floral-print dress with sheer bodice was her date for the screening of Murder by Numbers — her then-boyfriend Ryan Gosling!
JENNIFER ANISTON & BRAD PITT — 2004
The then-couple were equally chic (Jennifer in a halter body-skimming Versace gown and Brad in a dapper tux) and equally gorgeous-looking at the Troy premiere.
NATALIE PORTMAN — 2005
Her standard black dress may qualify as “most memorable,” but her hair (or lack thereof!) at the Kiss Kiss Bang Bang premiere was an unforgettable style statement.
CATE BLANCHETT — 2006
BEYONCÉ — 2006
Post-Destiny's Child and pre-Sasha Fierce, Bey channeled her movie star side in a sweetheart-neckline print gown at the Dreamgirls screening.
ANGELINA JOLIE & BRAD PITT — 2009
The couple's Inglourious Basterds premiere looks were both sexy and classic, making them the reigning Cannes couple.
JENNIFER LOPEZ — 2010
J.Lo doesn't often go fully covered-up, but her head-to-toe feathered look at amfAR's Cinema Against AIDS Gala proves that she still manages to look crazy-sexy regardless of how much material she's wearing.
PENÉLOPE CRUZ — 2011
She's the unofficial princess of the Cannes red carpet – she goes nearly every year and always wears something bold, like this sheer, pouffy, beaded gown at the Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides premiere.
DIANE KRUGER — 2012
Diane's closing ceremony Dior Haute Couture gown is actually more memorable for what happened behind the scenes. She told PeopleStyle she had to remove the huge bodice every time she went to the bathroom and after eating dinner it became so tight she couldn't breathe. “Josh [Joshua Jackson] had to come with me to the ladies' room and cut me out of it. It was crazy!”
BLAKE LIVELY — 2014
We voted Blake's Gucci Première gown at The Captive premiere one of her best Cannes moments yet, and she agreed, telling PeopleStyle, “It might be my favorite look I've ever worn. I just love that old school glamour.”
JESSICA CHASTAIN — 2014
With a little help from a Mother Nature, Jessica's violet Elie Saab gown's wind-blown cape took the look to the next level.
JANE FONDA — 2015
The then-77-year-old pulled off cutouts — cutouts! – on her sexy royal blue gown at The Sea Of Trees screening. Enough said.
CHARLIZE THERON — 2015
With two attention-grabbing features (that sunshine yellow hue and long, flowy train) there's no way her Dior gown to the Mad Max: Fury Road premiere could be missed — or forgotten.
LUPITA NYONG'O — 2015
No one has mastered the red carpet twirl quite like Lupita (see every spin here), but one that still tops them all is her “grasshopper green” Gucci gown at the opening ceremony premiere of La Tête Haute.
KENDALL JENNER — 2015
Who could ever forget Kendall's amfAR Cinema Against AIDS Gala Calvin Klein Collection gown that sparked the twirl-off of the decade?
JULIA ROBERTS - 2016
Yes, Julia looks stunning in her black Giorgio Armani Privé gown and sparkling 52-carat emerald pendant by Chopard. But what we'll never forget is the fact that she walked the carpet sans shoes. At an event that is known to turn women away for wearing flats, this was very revolutionary. Bravo.
BLAKE LIVELY - 2016
It's almost impossible to pick a favorite red carpet moment from Blake's 2016 visit to Cannes. She dressed up like Cinderella (and nailed it!) then wore a cutout skin-tight gown while pregnant (and looked amazing!) but it was her bright blue Atelier Versace gown that stunned the most because of its jaw-dropping high slit and dramatic train.