The Cannes Film Festival will be held from May 17 through May 28.
Some pushed the limits and had wardrobe malfunctions in the process.
Sheer dresses are all over red carpets today, but when Bobbie Bresee wore one to the 33rd Cannes Film Festival in 1980 it was considered shocking.
Horror film star Bobbie Bresee raised eyebrows at Cannes in a skin-baring dress in 1980. The sheer top of the actress’ dress revealed her breasts and also had a large keyhole held together by a crystal collar, creating a daring silhouette.
Former adult film actress Ilona Staller made a statement at the 1988 festival in a barely-there ensemble.
Ilona Staller arrived at the 41st Cannes Film Festival in 1988 wearing a white strappy piece that revealed her breasts, stomach, and thighs, while carrying one of her famous stuffed animals. The actress also wore thigh-high mesh stockings, gloves, and a flower crown.
While her outfit was groundbreaking for the film festival at the time, the former adult film star, politician, and singer regularly bared her chest at public events and has been open about her sexuality.
Actress Victoria Abril didn’t abide by the black-tie dress code at the 1997 festival, opting to go with a pantless look that showed off her underwear.
The actress has been to known to wear over-the-top looks to Cannes events throughout the years. But she amped up the drama at the 50th Cannes Film Festival, wearing a blazer as a dress. It also had a wide slit in the back, revealing a pair of white underpants.
She styled the business-in-the-front, party-in-the-back look with a sparkling bowler hat, clear purse, and chunky heels.
Actress Sophie Marceau had a wardrobe malfunction when the strap of her dress slipped on the red carpet at the 58th annual festival.
The actress previously made news at Cannes in 1999 when she presented the closing award and gave an impromptu speech about films being meaningless compared to larger world issues.
Then in 2005, while walking the red carpet for the premiere of “Last Days,” the strap of Marceau’s dress slipped. The bodice fell along with it and revealed her left breast. Marceau quickly lifted the strap, but not before photographers could capture the moment. The actress seemed unfazed though, and went on walking and laughing.
This wouldn’t be her last fashion mishap at Cannes, though (more on that later).
At the 58th Cannes Film Festival, Phoebe Price bared her bottom when she pushed back the slit of her dress.
The actress attended the festival’s “Broken Flowers” screening in 2005 in a white gown with a high slit. As she posed on the red carpet, Price pushed back the slit of her dress but in doing so her bottom became exposed.
Elizabeth Banks seemed to be unaware of her broken dress zipper at Cannes in 2009.
The actress attended the red carpet for the film “Precious” at the 62nd annual festival in 2009 while wearing a stunning, blue-silver Zac Posen gown. But it seemed that her zipper had busted, unbeknownst to Banks or her stylists.
She posed, often looking over her shoulder and showing off her back — and her broken zipper — for the cameras.
The cast of “Rubber” brought tires and kneepads to the red carpet for the 63rd Cannes Film Festival.
Although attending a screening for “Biutiful” in 2010, the cast of “Rubber” coordinated in looks and props to represent their own film. The director, Quentin Dupieux, and lead actor, Daniel Quinn, wore “Rubber” logo blazers with Quinn also opting to wear knee pads.
Extras joined the cast members by wearing and rolling around rubber tires as well. While the cast’s looks fit with the festival’s black-tie dress code, the tires were a less-than-formal accessory.
Eva Longoria had a fashion mishap as she climbed the red-carpet steps at a Cannes screening in 2013.
Longoria attended a screening of “Jimmy P. (Psychotherapy Of A Plains Indian)” at the 66th Cannes Film Festival while wearing a seafoam, beaded dress with cold shoulders and a leg slit.
But on the way into the event, she had a wardrobe malfunction on the red carpet. She lifted her Atelier Versace gown to avoid tripping on her dress up the stairs, but in turn she accidentally revealed that she wasn’t wearing underwear.
The following day, Longoria responded to headlines about her fashion mishap. As Us Magazine reported, the actress made a lighthearted dig at herself by tweeting a photo of her look for another Cannes event with the caption: “No wardrobe malfunctions tonight!”
The same year, a couple of days after Longoria’s wardrobe malfunction Rosario Dawson had a slight fashion mishap.
When Dawson walked the red carpet before a screening of “As I Lay Dying” in an ethereal-looking Elie Saab dress, she seemed to be unaware of the placement of the gown’s high slit. While climbing the iconic stairs, her skin-toned underwear became exposed. The actress seemed surprised when she noticed and tried to hold down the fabric of the dress.
In 2015, Sophie Marceau made another unintentional fashion faux pas on the Cannes red carpet.
Ten years after her first wardrobe malfunction at the event, Marceau had another fashion mishap at the 68th Cannes Film Festival — this time, in a white, flowing wrap-dress by Alexandre Vauthier.
The dress had a high slit in the center that opened and flew up as the wind blew, revealing the actress’ skin-toned underwear.
Julia Roberts ditched her heels at the Cannes Film Festival in 2016.
Julia Roberts stunned at the premiere for “Money Monster” at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival in a flowing Armani Privé gown with a pair of sky-high heels.
At one point, she slipped out of her shoes, walking barefoot alongside her costars.
According to Us Weekly, it might have been considered a rebellious moment, as in 2015 a group of women said they were denied entry to watch “Carol” at the festival because they weren’t wearing heels. Cannes reps told Screen Daily that its dress code — “tuxedo, formal dress for gala screenings” — hadn’t changed, and that “there is no specific mention about the height of the women’s heels as well as for men’s.”
Speaking to the Australian TV program Sunrise about the moment she ditched her heels, according to Us Weekly, Roberts said: “A lot of time and effort went into ankles up. I just want to say for the record … I looked nice last night!”
On the same red carpet as Roberts, Amal Clooney was dealing with a voluminous skirt in windy weather.
Amal Clooney had a near-wardrobe malfunction in her Atelier Versace tulle gown on the red carpet for the “Money Monster” film screening at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival.
Throughout her red-carpet walk, Amal — and her husband George — had to keep styling the gown to lay properly. But the billowing skirt on her dress wouldn’t cooperate in the windy weather, so the attorney gripped onto her husband for support as she climbed the red-carpet steps.
Laure Calamy made headlines after doing the cancan in a dress with a high slit at the 69th Cannes Film Festival in 2016.
When Calamy danced the cancan with her “Staying Vertical” costars on the Cannes red carpet, the actress had a wardrobe mishap as her sparkling black dress flapped open. Outlets like the Daily Mail reported that Calamy wasn’t wearing underwear.
Bella Hadid tried to keep from flashing paparazzi at her Cannes debut in 2016.
During her first year attending the Cannes Film Festival, Hadid stood out on the red carpet for the premiere of “The Unknown Girl” in a daring Alexandre Vauthier gown.
The plunging neckline and waist-high leg slit of the slinky satin dress appeared to keep shifting, as Hadid tried her best to keep the dress in place. Still, the dress didn’t cooperate and from certain angles it looked like her underwear was exposed. However, Hadid’s then-stylist Elizabeth Sulcer told Vanity Fair in 2016 that the fabric beneath her skirt was actually a built-in silk bodysuit.
“I kind of get embarrassed of this moment still, even though this dress is gorgeous,” she told Vogue. “It just again doesn’t feel so much like me.”
For the second year in a row, Hadid wore another revealing Alexandre Vauthier dress.
The following year, Hadid wore a stunning Alexandre Vauthier dress with a sweetheart neckline, boned bodice, and flowing skirt with a high slit for the “Ismael’s Ghosts” screening.
But the windy weather caused the skirt to blow up, exposing Hadid’s underwear as she posed and walked up the steps of the red carpet. The supermodel kept smiling and appeared to take the moment in stride.
A gust of wind blew actress Abigail Lopez’s teal dress in several directions at the 2017 festival.
Abigail Lopez showed up to the red carpet for the “Rodin” premiere at the 70th Cannes Film Festival in a teal, halter-neck gown with multiple skirt panels and slits. When the wind blew, Lopez’s dress flew up in multiple directions and revealed her black underwear, as Express reported. One of her breasts also popped out of the side of the daring dress as she turned to hold the fabric of her skirt down.
Kristen Stewart removed her Christian Louboutin heels for a Cannes red carpet in 2018.
When Kristen Stewart attended the “BlacKkKlansman” screening at the 71st Cannes Film Festival in a Chanel minidress, she removed her Saint Laurent stilettos to finish her red-carpet walk up the steps.
Two years before, after Julia Roberts went barefoot at Cannes, Kristen Stewart spoke about the festival’s dress code during a roundtable chat with Vanity Fair.
“Things have to change immediately,” Stewart said before going through a scenario of asking a man to wear heels on the red carpet.
“You simply cannot ask me to do something that you are not asking him,” she said, adding, “I get the black-tie thing but you should be able to do either version — flats or heels.”
Joy Corrigan wore a daring and skin-baring gown at the same screening as Stewart.
Also walking the “BlacKkKlansman” red carpet, the model wore a bright-pink gown by Christophe Guillarmé with a deep sweetheart neckline and waist-high slit. However, Corrigan came close to exposing her crotch when the slit of her skirt billowed away from her body.
Model Petra Němcová held down the skirt of her dress on a windy day at the 2018 festival.
Strong winds have wreaked havoc at Cannes red carpets over the years. Petra Němcová had to contend with the weather during a red-carpet appearance for the “BlacKkKlansman” screening when her Andrés Acosta wrap-dress flew open to reveal her underwear. The model seemed taken aback in the moment, before she held down the flowing fabric.
Fernanda Liz’s dress slipped at the 72nd Cannes Film Festival.
Fernanda Liz looked stunning in her yellow tulle tiered gown by designer Ali Karoui, but the bustier seemed too short for the actress. Most photos from Liz’s red-carpet appearance show her posing with her hands on her chest, seemingly to keep the neckline of her dress from falling down. Despite her best efforts, the dress slipped exposing her bare chest.
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