Fashion Thursday: Cannes Film Fest Fashion

The Cannes International Film Festival, which takes place on the French Riviera, was first held in 1946. Fast forward 65 years to today- and it is known as the largest international showcase of cinematic art. It is a momentous occasion for actors, directors and agents alike. Often the Cannes winners transpire as the most talked about films of the year. Yes, the movies are important. But the fashion? Well it just wouldn’t be the same without it. There is something about Cannes that attracts glamour and the glitterati, and the celebs have no qualms about pulling out all the stops when it comes to fashion. With the 2012 festival well underway, we couldn’t think of a better time to take a look at some of the most memorable Cannes dresses of all time. Click through the slideshow, now!

By Brooke Benjamin

At the 1956 fest, Brigitte Bardot gives photogs more than they bargained for when she took this dress for a spin showing off a very cool polka-dot underskirt.

In 1987 Diana, Princess of Wales, accompanied by then husband Prince Charles wore a stunning pale blue gown that still to this day qualifies as one of her most memorable fashion moments.

Helen Mirren is just peachy perfection in 2006. This woman can do no wrong.

Linda Evangelista literally glitters in 2008. That dress is gold in more ways than one!

Back in 2010, Cate Blanchett donned a bold dress by the late Lee Alexander McQueen, which he had personally selected for the actress. It features a silver eagle in flight!

Sarah Jessica Parker brings the flower power in 2011 with this head-turning georgette gown.

74-year-old Jane Fonda outshines stars half her age at this year’s fest.