Every year, the world's biggest celebrities, actors, and filmmakers gather together on the French Riviera for the Cannes Film Festival. The two-week festival is full of glitz and glam, high fashion, and, of course, incredible films. The event has existed officially since 1946, but unfortunately this year the festival as we know it cannot take place due to Covid-19.
We'll be missing the outrageous fashion looks on this year's red carpet, but in lieu of the glamorous premieres, we're taking a look back at some of the amazing fashion moments the event has seen in years past. We've gathered some of the most iconic looks to grace the red carpet at Cannes from the 1950s to the 2010s—from Grace Kelly to Princess Diana to Rihanna. From real royalty to the royals of the silver screen, scroll down for the chicest looks in Cannes red carpet history.
Brigitte Bardot, 1953
Grace Kelly, 1955
The one and only Grace Kelly attended the festival in 1955, where she ended up meeting her future husband, Rainier III, the Prince of Monaco.
Sophia Loren, 1955
Brigitte Bardot, 1956
Michèle Morgan, 1956
Elizabeth Taylor, 1957
Jayne Mansfield, 1958
Simone Signoret, 1959
Jeanne Moreau, 1962
Jeanne Moreau stunned the Cannes red carpet in 1962, where, two years prior, she'd won best actress for her role in Seven Days... Seven Nights.
Natalie Wood, 1962
Catherine Deneuve, 1966
Sophia Loren, 1966
Jane Birkin, 1974
Before the Birkin bag, Jane Birkin rocked Hermès basket on the red carpet in 1974 which then, of course, catapulted the bag to fame.
Bianca Jagger, 1975
Norma Aleandro and Cher, 1985
These two icons stormed the red carpet in 1985, where they each won awards for best actress—Norma Aleandro for The Official Story, and Cher for Mask.
Princess Diana, 1987
Elizabeth Taylor, 1987
Madonna and Jean-Paul Gaultier, 1991
The ever-glowing ] stunned on the 1991 red carpet with Jean-Paul Gaultier in his 40s-inspired two-piece outfit.
Vanessa Paradis and Jeanne Moreau, 1995
Sharon Stone, 1995
Nicole Kidman, 1996
Kate Moss and Johnny Depp, 1997
Kate Moss sported this beautiful Narciso Rodriguez dress on the red carpet in 1997 with at-the-time boyfriend Johnny Depp.
Jennifer Lopez, 1998
Maggie Cheung, 2000
Monica Belucci, 2003
Lupita Nyong'o, 2015
Bella Hadid, 2017
The youngest Hadid sister wore this elegant number by Alexandre Vauthier when she attended a screening of Ismael's Ghosts at the 2017 festival.
Rihanna stunned the red carpet in this chic white Dior look as she attended the Okja screening at the 70th annual Cannes Film Festival.
Liya Kebede, 2019