The 21 best looks celebrities have worn to the Cannes Film Festival of all time

Venturelli/Getty ImagesLupita Nyong’o at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival.

Each year, the Cannes Film Festival is held at the Palais des Festivals in Cannes, France to showcase upcoming films. The invitation-only event is typically attended by A-list stars and media executives, and has a long history dating back to 1946 when the first full festival was held.

While films are the main focus of the festival, fashion also plays a big role. In previous years, celebrities from Blake Lively to Kendall Jenner have attended the festival wearing glamorous gowns. Other stars, such as Kristen Stewart, have also shown up in menswear. And before them, actors like Sophia Loren and Jayne Mansfield stole the show with their ensembles.

Below, take a look back at some of the best outfits worn to the Cannes Film Festival throughout its history.

In 1958, actress Jayne Mansfield arrived at the festival wearing a dress with spaghetti straps.

Keystone/StringerGetty ImagesJayne Mansfield at the 1958 Cannes Film Festival.

Her dress featured a simple print, and was accessorized with a fur shawl. She also donned cherry-shaped earrings and short sandal heels.

Actress Sophia Loren stole the show in 1959.

Keystone-France/Getty ImagesSophia Loren at the 1959 Cannes Film Festival.

She wore a voluminous, scoop-neck dress with a black band around the waist. She also accessorized with a diamond necklace.

Bianca Jagger helped to start the “naked” trend at the 1975 event.

Gilbert TOURTE/Getty ImagesBianca Jagger at the 1975 Cannes Film Festival.

Her dress featured a sheer bodice with a leaf print, as well as a black skirt. To complete the look, Jagger wore a velvet beret.

Princess Diana made a royal entrance at the Cannes Film Festival in 1987.

Tim Graham/Getty ImagesPrincess Diana at the 1987 Cannes Film Festival.

She wore a blue strapless gown with a matching stole to the event.

In 1999, Salma Hayek wore a two-piece ensemble to the festival.

Ron Davis/Getty ImagesSalma Hayek at the 1999 Cannes Film Festival.

She donned an off-white tank top with gold sparkles, matching skirt, and a shawl that she draped around her arms.

Eva Longoria chose to wear an elegant white gown with a single strap in 2008.

Dominique Charriau/Getty ImagesEva Longoria at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival.

She wore the ruffled gown to the premiere of “Kung Fu Panda.”

Penelope Cruz arrived at the 2009 festival wearing a purple dress with draped sleeves.

Pascal Le Segretain/Getty ImagesPenelope Cruz at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival.

Her strapless dress also had sparkling details and a short train.

Naomi Campbell dazzled on the red carpet in 2010.

Mike Marsland/Getty ImagesNaomi Campbell at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival.

While attending the “Biutiful” premiere, the model wore a halter-style dress with stripes of brown, white, and gold sequins.

Zoe Saldana rocked a red-and-white strapless dress at the “The Tree Of Life” premiere in 2011.

Andreas Rentz/Getty ImagesZoe Saldana at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival.

She paired the look with simple white heels and a colourful bracelet.

In 2012, Jessica Chastain sparkled on the red carpet in a gold gown.

Pascal Le Segretain/Getty ImagesJessica Chastain at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival.

Chastain completed the look with dangling earrings and a pulled-back hairstyle.

Model Liu Wen attended the 2013 festival wearing an eye-catching blue gown.

Venturelli/Getty ImagesLiu Wen at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival.

Her strapless gown had a sheer skirt and featured a long train. She wore the ensemble while at the premiere of “All Is Lost.”

Blake Lively wore a sparkling semi-sheer dress with pockets to the 2014 Cannes Film Festival.

Pascal Le Segretain/Getty ImagesBlake Lively at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival.

She also carried a sheer shawl into the premiere of “Mr. Turner.”

Lupita Nyong’o opted for a bold dress with a flowing skirt in 2015.

Venturelli/Getty ImagesLupita Nyong’o at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival.

Her dress also had a plunging neckline, a short cape across her back, and pink flower embellishments attached to the shoulders and waistline.

In 2016, Bella Hadid wore a daring red gown while viewing “The Unknown Girl (La Fille Inconnue).”

Daniele Venturelli/Getty ImagesBella Hadid at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival.

Her gown featured a thigh-high slit and plunging bodice. She completed the look with an updo hairstyle and tall black heels.

Model Jourdan Dunn looked like a princess at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival.

Anthony Harvey/Getty ImagesJourdan Dunn at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival.

She attended a screening of “The Killing of a Sacred Deer” while wearing a nude ball gown with floral details.

Winnie Harlow also attended in 2017, wearing a structured ball gown.

Pascal Le Segretain/Getty ImagesWinnie Harlow at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival.

She wore the stunning blue dress to a screening of “Loveless (Nelyubov).”

Kendall Jenner looked glamorous in a sheer gown with a plunging neckline at the 2018 festival.

Pascal Le Segretain/Getty ImagesKendall Jenner at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival.

She wore the white dress with ruffle detailing at a screening for “Girls Of The Sun (Les Filles Du Soleil).”

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Also in 2018, Kristen Stewart broke red-carpet rules with her menswear look.

Stephane Cardinale – Corbis/Getty ImagesKristen Stewart at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival.

While attending a screening of “Knife + Heart (Un Couteau Dans Le Couer),” Stewart donned a long suit jacket, sparkling trousers, and black loafers.

Her footwear technically broke a rule on the Cannes Film Festival red carpet; the festival has required women to wear heels at the event. Stewart also protested the policy by taking off her heels on the Cannes red carpet before a screening of “BlacKkKlansman” that same year.

Elle Fanning turned heads with a cream-coloured gown at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival.

George Pimentel/Getty ImagesElle Fanning at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival.

The actress looked radiant in her gown, which featured a purple flower detail attached to the bodice, and a long cape that cascaded down the back. She wore the look to attend a screening of “The Dead Don’t Die.”

Izabel Goulart rocked a stunning look at the “Oh Mercy! (Roubaix, une Lumiere)” screening.

Samir Hussein/Getty ImagesIzabel Goulart attends the 2019 Cannes Film Festival.

Her ensemble was actually comprised of a maroon bodysuit and sheer overlay, which turned the look into an off-the-shoulder gown with a flowing skirt.

Leomie Anderson sparkled in gold-flecked shorts at the “Once Upon A Time In Hollywood” screening.

Dominique Charriau/Getty ImagesLeomie Anderson attends the 2019 Cannes Film Festival.

Extra fabric was added to the back of her shorts, creating a long train and ruffles at her waist.

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