The 2021 Venice Film Festival's Must-See Red Carpet Looks

The famed film festival, which kicks off Sept. 1 and runs until Sept. 11, has already drawn A-listers including Zendaya, Timothée Chalamet and Kristen Stewart

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Jamie Lee Curtis

Jamie Lee Curtis attends the red carpet of the movie "Halloween Kills" during the 78th Venice International Film Festival on September 08, 2021
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looks fierce in her custom red and black leopard-print Dolce & Gabbana long-sleeve gown and Cathy Waterman jewelry at the premiere of Halloween Kills.

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Penélope Cruz

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in a tiered one-shoulder Chanel gown with accessories by the brand at the Competencia Oficial premiere.

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Jessica Chastain

Jessica Chastain attends the red carpet premiere of "Scenes From a Marriage (Ep. 1 and 2)" during the 78th Venice International Film Festival on September 04, 2021 in Venice, Italy.
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in a strapless Atelier Versace gown covered in red crystals (which took over 800 hours to complete!), with matching sparkly red platforms, plus Chopard jewelry at the Scenes From a Marriage premiere.

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Jamie Lee Curtis

Jamie Lee Curtis attends the red carpet of the movie "Halloween Kills" during the 78th Venice International Film Festival on September 08, 2021 in Venice, Italy.
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makes a statement with a pair of winged sunglasses, which coordinate with her black and white button-down and high-waisted trousers at the Halloween Kills photocall.

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Kate Hudson

Kate Hudson arrives on the red carpet for 'Mona Lisa and the Blood Moon' during the 78th Venice International Film Festival in Venice, Italy
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brings ethereal vibes to the carpet in her red Valentino lace and tulle gown with sheer bodice at the Mona Lisa and the Blood Moon premiere.

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Demi Moore

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in a white Mônot gown with plunging neckline and criss-cross ab cutouts at the Celebration of Women in Cinema Gala.

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Oscar Isaac

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is dashing in a midnight blue tux at the Competencia Oficial premiere.

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Anya Taylor-Joy

Anya Taylor-Joy attends the red carpet of the movie "Last Night In Soho" during the 78th Venice International Film Festival on September 04, 2021 in Venice, Italy
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pops in a pink Dior Haute Couture satin silk tea-length dress with a matching beret and pumps (both Dior), plus Tiffany & Co. jewels at the premiere of Last Night in Soho.

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Hailee Steinfeld

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in a plunging lace gown and strappy heels at the Competencia Oficial premiere.

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Zendaya

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rocks a super short off-the-shoulder Valentino Haute Couture puff dress, with brown pointy-toe pumps at a Valentino dinner hosted in the actress (and brand ambassador's) honor.

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Maude Apatow

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in a pleated, tiered violet number with rosette at the bodice and red lipstick (Armani Beauty Lip Power shade 400, she says) at the Competencia Oficial premiere.

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Eiza Gonzalez

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in a black Mônot gown with white accents on the bust and a dazzling choker at a dinner co-hosted by the brand to celebrate Women in Cinema.

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Maria Sharapova

Former Russian tennis player Maria Sharapova at the 78 Venice International Film Festival 2021.
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attends the Scenes from a Marriage screening in an off-white Dior Haute Couture pleated gown with high collar and cuffs.

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Anya Taylor-Joy

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arrives to the film festival in a bright orange Dice Kayek ruffled fit-and-flare dress, with coordinating bow-adorned orange slides and a mini top-handle bag.

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Kate Hudson

Kate Hudson attends the Celebration of Women in Cinema Gala hosted by The Red Sea Film Festival during the 78th Venice International Film Festival on September 04, 2021 in Venice, Italy.
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shows some major skin in a cutout black halter gown with thigh-high slit by Mônot, plus a Crivelli diamond bracelet at the Celebration of Women in Cinema Gala.

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Jessica Chastain

Jessica Chastain arrives at the 78th Venice International Film Festival on September 05, 2021 in Venice, Italy
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in a merlot-colored Zuhair Murad jumpsuit with lace detailing.

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Antonio Banderas

Antonio Banderas attends the red carpet of the "Filming Italy Award" during the 78th Venice International Film Festival on September 05, 2021 in Venice, Italy
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keeps it classic in a black shirt, blazer and pants with sneakers on the carpet.

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Zendaya

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in a draped, high-slit ochre leather Balmain gown with jaw-dropping Bulgari gems and Christian Louboutin heels at the premiere of Dune.

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Timothée Chalamet

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in a black sequin Haider Ackerman pantsuit with white cuffs and collar, plus Cartier jewels, at the Dune premiere.

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Kristen Stewart

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in a mint tunic and matching pants with black bow detail, for the premiere of Spencer.

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Dakota Johnson

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wearing an eye-catching silver gown with long beaded fringe laid over a glittery sheer base.

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Tiffany Haddish

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in a Christian Siriano gown with Pomellato jewelry at the premiere of The Card Counters.

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Jake Gyllenhaal

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supports sister Maggie at the premiere of The Lost Daughter in an oversized ivory Valentino suit.

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Cynthia Erivo

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shows it's her turn to shine in a bold black -and-yellow Schiaparelli Haute Couture black skirt with yellow silk belt, topped with a dramatic reflective ruffle.

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Maggie Gyllenhaal

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in a midnight-blue Prada gown with white poplin sleeves and side slit at the premiere of The Lost Daughter.

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Adriana Lima

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in a beaded and fringed Etro halter gown at the Dune premiere.

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Olivia Colman

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wears a strong-shouldered pantsuit over a gunmetal blouse and heels at the Lost Daughter premiere.

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Chase Stokes

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wearing a graphic-print shirt and slip=ons with his classic suite at the Dune premiere.

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Barbara Palvin

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in a mint-and-fuchsia sequin sheer jumpsuit at the Dune premiere.

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Zendaya

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wearing a Valentino Haute Couture menswear-inspired white gown and jacket, tied with a pink bow and finished with Christian Louboutin heels and Bulgari jewelry at the Dune photocall.

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Rebeca Ferguson

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wearing a pale peach Dior gown with enormous tulle floral detail at the Dune premiere.

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Jessica Chastain

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in light blue sequin Elie Saab to arrive at the film festival.

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Kristen Stewart

Kristen Stewart arrives at the 78th Venice International Film Festival
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in a Chanel tweed jumpsuit and jewelry by the brand, arriving to the Spencer photocall.

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Isabelle Huppert

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wearing an allover crystal-embroidered formal coat over a plunging jumpsuit to the Dune premiere.

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Molly Sims

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in a striking coral gown with pailettes and feathers, plus accessories by Jimmy Choo, at the Hand of God premiere.

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Zoë Saldana

Zoe Saldana 'The Hand of God' premiere, 78th Venice International Film Festival, Italy - 02 Sep 2021
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dons a striking scarlet sequin Dolce & Gabbana dress for The Hand of Good premiere.

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Kirsten Dunst

Kristen Dunst attends the red carpet of the movie "The Power Of The Dog" during the 78th Venice International Film Festival on September 02, 2021
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in elegant plunging Giorgio Armani gown with embroidered tulle details and dangling earrings at The Power of the Dog premiere.

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Tiffany Haddish

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goes for it in an emerald green spaghetti-strap dress with a dramatic collar-style Pomellato necklace and gold heels.

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Molly Sims

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wears a silver sequin gown with major statement sleeves and a Tyler Ellis clutch at the Power of the Dog red carpet.

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Sophie Hunter & Benedict Cumberbatch

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she in a graphic floral ivory gown and he in a classic tux at the Power of the Dog premiere.

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Helen Mirren

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in a custom sequin Dolce & Gabbana gown at the premiere of Madres Paralelas on Sept. 1.

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Penelope Cruz

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in a black Chanel gown with white tulle and fringe detailing, at the Madres Paralelas premiere.

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Cynthia Erivo

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in a custom sequin plunging Atelier Versace dress with a waist-high slit at the premiere of Madres Paralelas on Sept. 1.

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Sara Sampaio

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in an Armani Privé gown featuring velvet panels and crystal embellishments at the premiere of Madres Paralelas on Sept. 1.

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Adriana Lima

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in a custom strapless Etro gown with a crossed bustier, cut outs and a thigh-high slit at the premiere of Madres Paralelas on Sept. 1.

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Barbara Palvin

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in a strapless Armani Privé gown at the premiere of Madres Paralelas on Sept. 1.

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Isabelle Huppert

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in a long sleeve Armani Privé gown and Cartier jewels at the premiere of Madres Paralelas on Sept. 1.

Updated by
Lauren Lieberman
Lauren Lieberman, Senior Photo Editor

Lauren Lieberman is the Senior Photo Editor of PEOPLE.com and EW.com. She has been with PEOPLE for more than a decade managing the online photo team, creating red carpet galleries, and producing signature online content. She graduated from NYU with a Bachelors in Communications.

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