The Best of the Cannes Film Festival Red Carpet, from Madonna's Silk Bra to Charlize Theron's Dior Gown
In 1991, Madonna showed up to the Cannes Film Festival premiere of Madonna: Truth or Dare in a silk bra and tap shorts and Pepto-pink overcoat by Jean-Paul Gaultier. Twenty-five years later, Charlize Theron took to that same red carpet in a canary yellow Dior Couture gown with a miles-long train. No precise aesthetic defines the festival's red carpet aside from a penchant for statements and a bit of adventurous glamour. Models and actors alike — Liya Kebede, Linda Evangelista, Carey Mulligan, Cate Blanchett — have nailed the assignment wearing a range of designers including big names like Lanvin, Givenchy, and Alexander McQueen, and relatively more niche labels like Haider Ackermann (Tilda Swinton will perennially make our best dressed list), Narciso Rodriguez, and Ralph & Russo. As stars begin to descend on the south of France for the 2017 edition, which kicks off Wednesday, we're highlighting a few of our favorite statements from the Cannes Film Festival red carpet through the ages.