The outbreak of World War II led to the cancellation of the inaugural Cannes Film Festival, which was to be held in 1939 on the French Riviera as an alternative to the Venice Film Festival. In September of 1946, after seven years of reflection, the Cannes Film Festival finally kicked off its red carpet with the attendance of 18 countries, including the United States and their first Cannes Film Festival nominee, The Wizard of Oz. Today, 89 countries attend the annual May Festival, and while movies are a major attraction of the event, so is fashion. This year’s event – which runs through May 28 – will not only include movies but dinner and parties with A-list attendees like Anne Hathaway and Julianne Moore. Like the Oscars and the Met Gala, attendees put on their best looks in the fashion world, donning their own designs and couture outfits.
Designer Alexandra Emgroth, dressed as French actress Léa Seydoux at this year’s Film Festival (you might recognize her from the 2011 film midnight in paris), weighs in with what it takes to get the red carpet ready. “Lea and I started discussing ideas for Cannes during the BAFTA’s return in March – although the film nominations aren’t announced until April. It’s good to have plenty of time,” she explains. “We knew we wanted to do something different with our latest looks — look a little more European,” she says. The dress code for the event is totally black-tie, even for the paparazzi. However, Imgruth feels, given the festival’s international presence, people are taking more creative liberties with their appearance.
Imgruth’s favorite Cannes Film Festival collections include Sophia Loren’s old Hollywood looks from the 1950s. Among the most stylish recent candidates are Julianne Moore in Chanel and Diane Kruger in Vivienne Westward. Ahead, we’ve included some of the best looks from the Cannes Film Festival from 2022, with more glamorous moments on the way.