Seven decades of era-defining glamour from Cannes

Seven decades of era defining fashion from Cannes – Since its inception in 1947, Cannes Film Festival has always been as much about the fashion as the films. Over seven decades the Cannes carpet has seen its fair share of both fashion faux pas and phenomenons, the highlights of which are documented here; starting with Sophia Loren. One of the early aficionados of Cannes glamor, the Houseboat actress attended the eighth festival in this nautical ensemble. Her simple pleats and modest white heels are a far cry from today’s lavish outfits.

Seven decades of era-defining glamour from Cannes

Seven decades of era defining fashion from Cannes – Film star Brigitte Bardot eschews footwear altogether and runs barefoot on a beach in Cannes during the 1956 festival, where “The Silent World” by Jacques-Yves Cousteau and Louis Malle won the Palme d’Or.

Seven decades of era-defining glamour from Cannes

Seven decades of era defining fashion from Cannes – Cigarettes and bow ties were the height of fashion in the 50s. U.S. actor Gary Cooper (bow tie) talks to French actor Jean Marais (cigarette) during the Cannes Film Festival in 1953.

Seven decades of era-defining glamour from Cannes

Seven decades of era defining fashion from Cannes – Elizabeth Taylor swaddles herself in white for the 1957 festival, accessorizing with a modest crown and her third husband, producer Mike Todd.

Seven decades of era-defining glamour from Cannes

Seven decades of era defining fashion from Cannes – French actress Catherine Deneuve greets her fans in white gloves and sequins at the 1966 Cannes Film Festival. She appeared in her 100th film “Un conte de Noël” in 2008 aged 64.

Seven decades of era-defining glamour from Cannes

Seven decades of era defining fashion from Cannes – Vanessa Redgrave sports an intricate two piece as she’s photographed with Italian actor Franco Nero at the premiere of her film “Blow Up” in 1967. The film is about a fashion photographer who believes he may have witnessed a murder and unwittingly taken photographs of the killing.

Seven decades of era-defining glamour from Cannes

Seven decades of era defining fashion from Cannes – Away from the hustle and bustle of the red carpet Jane Birkin relaxes on the beach at Cannes with her lover, French singer-songwriter Serge Gainsbourg. Two years later, in 1971 she gave birth to their daughter Charlotte.

Seven decades of era-defining glamour from Cannes

Seven decades of era defining fashion from Cannes – Italian actress Gina Lollobrigida contrasts a demure powder blue suit with racy lace on top at Cannes in 1972. She starred in films such as “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” (1956) but as her career slowed, she established herself as a photojournalist and sculptor, even gaining an exclusive interview with Communist dictator Fidel Castro.

Seven decades of era-defining glamour from Cannes

Seven decades of era defining fashion from Cannes – Grace Kelly poses with director Alfred Hitchcock during the…

Source: Cannes Film Festival Fast Facts