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A look back at some highlights from the Cannes Film Festival red carpet


by Jennifer McShane
11th May 2020
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The 73rd Cannes Film Festival 2020 is postponed during Covid-19 (it would have kicked off around this time) so we’re taking a nostalgic look back at the red carpet of years gone by; stars from Katy Perry, Petra Nemcova and Lily Donaldson all wowed in crimson creations and Kirsten Dunst never put a foot wrong during her time as a former jury member in extraordinary designer gowns from Gucci to Marc Jacobs and Chanel. Scroll down to see some of our Cannes fashion favourites


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Elle Fanning in a silk, caped custom-made  Gucci gown.

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Elle in a sweeping, floral haute couture creation by Valentino.

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And again in dramatic Dior.

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Kirsten Dunst wears custom Dior.

"The Unknown Girl (La Fille Inconnue)" - Red Carpet Arrivals - The 69th Annual Cannes Film Festival

Model Rosie Huntington-Whiteley wears a backless red Alexandre Vauthier dress with sheer panels.

"The Neon Demon"- Red Carpet Arrivals - The 69th Annual Cannes Film Festival

Kirsten Dunst in a canary yellow Maison Margiela gown with lace appliques.

"The Unknown Girl (La Fille Inconnue)" - Red Carpet Arrivals - The 69th Annual Cannes Film Festival

Bella Hadid Bella Hadid chooses a slinky red gown with thigh slits by Alexandre Vauthie.

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Kate Moss wowed in an asymmetrical red vintage Halston gown.

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Uma Thurman hot pink Schiaparelli Haute Couture at the amfAR’s 23rd Cinema Against AIDS Gala.

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Lily Donaldson continues to love Miu Miu, wearing a striking red floor-length gown with crystal embellishment.

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Karlie Kloss in a black, off-the-shoulder gown by Marchesa with ruffled neckline.

"The Last Face" Photocall - The 69th Annual Cannes Film Festival

Charlize Theron wears a belted, pale lace Givenchy minidress.

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Marion Cotillard wears a strapless black Dior gown.

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Lea Seydoux is in monochrome Louis Vuitton.

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Riley Keough pulls off neutrals like a pro.

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Cheryl Cole in a multicoloured gold embellished gown by Naeem Khan.

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Blake Lively in Atelier Versace.

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Lively wears a Giambattista Valli Haute Couture mini-dress at a photocall.

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Here she is again in a ruffled Vivienne Westwood Couture gown.

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Lily-Rose Depp working boho-chic in Chanel.

"The Dancer" Photocall - The 69th Annual Cannes Film Festival

Yes, she’s wearing a hoodie, but it’s not your average leisurewear ensemble; it’s also by Chanel.

"Slack Bay (Ma Loute)" - Red Carpet Arrivals - The 69th Annual Cannes Film Festival

Juliette Binoche is elegance personified in custom Armani Privé.

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Naomi Watts in a shimmering Michael Kors.

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Kristen Stewart rocks Chanel.

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Her colourful, embroidered Chanel dress is also stunning.

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Jessica Chastain looks like a modern-day princess in Alexander McQueen.

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Amal Clooney is giving out goddess vibes in a pastel yellow Atelier Versace.

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Susan Sarandon: cool, comfortable and working flats and a Saint Laurent suit.

"Money Monster" Photocall - The 69th Annual Cannes Film Festival

We love Caitriona Balfe’s while ruffled mini-skirt and matching blouse by Louis Vuitton.

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Blake Lively in a blush beaded Atelier Versace number.

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Julianne Moore in an incredible custom Givenchy gown.

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Julia Roberts plays it safe in a black Atelier Versace but looks amazing.

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Eva Longoria dares to be different in Pamella Roland.

"Cafe Society" & Opening Gala - Red Carpet Arrivals - The 69th Annual Cannes Film Festival

Vanessa Paradis in a multi-coloured lace Chanel dress.


Main photograph: @fashionpolisa

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