Celebrate the 2014 Cannes Film Festival By Looking Back at the 21 Best Gowns Of the Last 10 Years
Remember just last week when everyone was freaking out over all of the amazingly glamorous gowns at the 2014 Met Gala? Well, those will be old news starting today, when the 2014 Cannes Film Festival kicks off and delivers some of the most high-fashion, mind-blowingly couture creations you've ever seen on a long list of the biggest names in Hollywood. But it won't be the first (and certainly not the last) time fashion history has been made on the Cannes red carpet. In fact, there are 21 gowns in just the last 10 years alone that are already going down in celebrity style history as some of the most glamorous ensembles to ever hit the red carpet. Click through to see each and every one of them.
Jennifer Aniston in Atelier Versace, 2004
You know it’s a throwback moment since Aniston was wearing this gorgeous halter gown alongside then-hubby Brad Pitt — but it doesn’t make the diamond-patterned dress any less dazzling.
Charlize Theron in Christian Dior, 2004
Theron has been a Dior darling from the start, showing off the Parisian label’s masterful tailoring and Old Hollywood glamour in this delicate off-the-shoulder number.
Jessica Alba in Armani Privé, 2005
Even with the honey-blonde hair, Alba managed to make this strapless Armani gown look like nothing but elegance, sophistication, and a lesson in body-hugging brilliance.
Penelope Cruz, 2006
Cruz’s strapless, flowing gown may have been seemingly simple, but its tulle ruffles and subtle sequins were entirely enchanting.
Dita Von Teese, 2006
Never one to underdress, Von Teese showed up to the 2006 festival prepared to impress in this wide V-neck, satin ball gown, which featured a fabulous train and exaggerated floral embellishments.
Angelina Jolie in Emanuel Ungaro, 2007
It’s not often we see Jolie in bright splashes of color, which is exactly what makes this gorgeously ruched Emanuel Ungaro dress so eye-catching and memorable.
Gwyneth Paltrow in Chanel, 2008
It may not be a super-sexy, sheer-paneled gown, but this slinky, plunging Chanel number was more than enough to show off Paltrow’s seductive side at the 2008 festival.
Eva Longoria in Versace, 2008
Longoria is a regular at the annual film festival, but it was her one-shouldered, beaded, and tulle-filled gown in 2008 that left the most lasting impression on the Cannes red carpet.
Kerry Washington in Monique Lhuillier, 2009
The Scandal star stunned in 2009 when she showed up to Cannes in this asymmetrical Monique Lhullier gown, whose lace bodice and voluminous tulle ball gown skirt combined for an ultra-feminine look.
Elizabeth Banks in Armani Privé, 2009
Even to this day, Banks has hardly ever looked better than she did when she ruled the red carpet in this draped-skirt Armani gown.
Cate Blanchett in Alexander McQueen, 2010
Blanchett has always been a fashion risk taker, and this graphic and tulle-skirt Alexander McQueen creation is just one reason she’s known as the queen of the red carpet.
Naomi Watts in Armani Privé, 2010
Watts looked positively breathtaking in her structured and ruffled Armani gown, which was only made more elegant thanks to her perfect chignon and delicate drop earrings.
Kate Beckinsale in Gucci Première, 2010
It takes just one glance to see why this stunningly beaded, off-the-shoulder Gucci number has earned its spot in the list of the best gowns to ever walk the Cannes red carpet.
Zoe Saldana in Armani Privé, 2011
Saldana always looks flawless, but this candy cane–striped gown from Armani has to be one of the best outfits she’s ever sported on the red carpet.
Uma Thurman in Versace, 2011
Thurman looked gloriously graceful in her bustier-top Versace ensemble, which got an extra kick of class thanks to its feather-trimmed skirt and tasteful front slit.
Rachel McAdams in Marchesa, 2011
McAdams’s embroidered, sheer-sleeved Marchesa ensemble showed off a lot of skin, but even more style.
Freida Pinto in Michael Angel, 2012
From its printed and embellished bodice to its draped peplum waist, Pinto’s ensemble was couture and classic all at once.
Diane Kruger in Christian Dior Couture, 2012
Kruger has had her fair share of Cannes red carpet hits over the years, but nothing stands out more than this ultra-voluminous, printed Christian Dior Couture number, which she carried off with absolute ease.
Jessica Chastain in Givenchy Couture, 2013
Chastain’s royal purple hue couldn’t have looked better with her fair skin and fiery hair — a look made all the more perfect with its luxe detail and figure-flattering fit.
Sonam Kapoor in Dolce & Gabbana, 2013
The Indian actress surely caught everyone’s eye on the red carpet in this rose-printed, bustier-bodice work of art from Dolce & Gabbana.
Nicole Kidman in Christian Dior Couture, 2013
It’s almost impossible to pick which of Kidman’s many gorgeous Cannes gowns is the absolute best, but it’s the floral print, intricate beading, and classic shape on this Christian Dior number that really seals the deal.