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The Best Black Dresses At The Cannes Film Festival Of All Time


Cannes Film Festival is one of the most important events in the film industry. This year the 72nd edition will be held from 14 to 25 May and all the considerable actors and filmmakers from around the world will join the event. Everyone is looking forward to watch the premiers of new movies by Quentin Tarantino, Jim Jarmusch, Pedro Almodóvar, Marco Bellocchio, Xavier Dolan and many other significant figures from movies creative assembly.

Everybody knows that red carpet is the best place to expose your unique style and outfit from the favorite designer. At the same time, nobody wants to get in the list of worst dressed at Cannes. So, it’s a tricky task for every woman there. We believe, that wearing a black dress with elegant accessories is what will lead you to the astonishing paparazzi photos and spellbound views of fellows. Let’s talk now about the variety of forms, textiles, textures, patterns and inserts, that is making an ordinary dress outstanding.


Kirsten Stewart, Lea Seydoux, Khadja Nin, Ava DuVernay, Cate Blanchett, Agnes Varda at the Cannes Festival 2018 protesting for female filmmakers. Here we can notice, that black is actually a dominating color on the red carpet. Photo: Getty Images

We have already written a blog on how to choose the perfect black dress. Now it’s time to learn from the stars. We’ve gathered the best examples of all the time for your inspiration, so you’ll know how to be a star of any event!


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Julia Roberts

It’s hard to believe, but it was the first appearance of Julia Roberts at the red carpet of Cannes in 2016. Fortunately, her black chosen dress by Armani Privé was so elegant, classy and great fitted.

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Karlie Closs

Karlie Closs at Cannes proved the power of a simple black dress. The frock by Marchesa perfectly showed the features of Karlie, giving some charm and mystery with the help of feather inserts. Shining like diamonds accessories completed the look, giving Closs an honorable title of the best-dressed lady of the evening.

2. Dramatic

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Araya Hargate

Astonishing dress by Jean Paul Gaultier was firstly shown at the premiere of “From the Land and the Moon”. It was graceful and dramatic perfection, given by the volume skirt with the striped pattern.

Photo: Rex Features

Cate Blanchett

Cate is another drama queen of the evening. Amazing printed Giles gown charmed every guest at Cannes 2015. Blanchett also managed to navigate perfectly those famous red stairs in it.

3. Mermaid

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Gwen Stefani

In 2011 Gwen made a dazzling case, showing the black dress of her own brand, Lamb at the Cannes amfAR Gala. The dress is ideally underlining her figure with a mermaid tail, thin golden belt and sparkles.

Photo: Rex Features

Nicole Scherzinger

One more mermaid black strapless gown, but more simple and elegant. Classical variant for a great evening occasion, first exhibited by Nicole at the amfAR gala in Cannes Film Festival 2015.

4. Sparkling princess   

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Petra Nemcova

Princess look of Petra was designed by Zuhair Murad in 2014 but still looks timeless. V-shape neckline combined with a similar form necklace and a little bit of tasteful shine on the top is finishing the full royal look.

Photo: Mike Marsland

Bella Hadid

The black swan look of Bella from the 2018 Cannes Festival was designed by Julien Macdonald. Embroidery with sparkling sequences is giving it a cocktail party look, but a floor-sweeping skirt reminds about a big occasion. Great combination of formal and casual style.

Hope we’ve inspired you and gave some ideas for your best evening look. What is your favourite dress or style from the Cannes Film Festival? Let us know  here in the comment section! Check out the latest design news from DCB. Follow our Instagram page to see more.

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