From Sweeping Trains to Risqué Lingerie: The Cannes Film Festival's Most Memorable Looks

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Ready for some of the year's biggest red carpet moments at the Cannes Film Festival? With the 2014 festivities kicking off today, we're taking a look back at some of the most iconic and unforgettable looks to grace the red carpet of festival's past.

From Jessica Biel's stunning serpent-adorned Marchesa creation in 2013 to Angelina Jolie's sweeping Emanuel Ungaro canary yellow gown in 2007 and Sharon Stone's peek-a-boo Valentino from 1995, the Cannes Film Festival has produced some of the most memorable red carpet looks of all time. One of our tops picks? Eva Longoria's wow-worthy Marchesa gown from the festival's 2012 opening ceremony, which featured intricate embroidered details and a breath-taking tulle train that shut down the red carpet.

Want more from Cannes? See the most memorable looks to touch down in the French Riviera in our gallery!

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Princess Diana in Catherine Walker, 1987

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Princess Diana made a royal entrance when she stepped out in Catherine Walker's ruched pastel gown in a delicate light blue.

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Madonna in Jean Paul Gaultier, 1991

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Who could forget Madonna's lingerie-inspired Jean Paul Gaultier shocker? Not us!

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Sharon Stone in Valentino, 1995

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Peek-a-boo! We witnessed Stone's Valentino dress reveal on the red carpet.

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Kate Moss in Cerruti, 1997

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Simply stunning! Kate Moss joined Johnny Depp in a streamlined Cerruti simple yet statement-making shift.

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Paris Hilton, 2001

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Always one to grab the spotlight, Hilton decked herself out in this unforgettable diamante beret and black dress with famous actors' names splashed across it.

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Penelope Cruz in Dior Haute Couture, 2003

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The spanish beauty drew inspiration from her homeland to open the festival in a baroque Dior Haute Couture ball gown.

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Nicole Kidman in Pucci, 2003

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The stunning actress donned this long halter neck Pucci gown that was complete with a vibrant floral print, a high slit, and a collar with pearl and multicolored precious stones.

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Jennifer Aniston in Atelier Versace, 2004

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Aniston owned the carpet in an Atelier Versace white-hot halter gown that showed off her killer body.

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Diane Kruger in Chanel, 2004

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While Kruger dons an enviable gown at the festival almost every year, this Chanel design stands out as one her most impressionable looks because of the floral and feather tiers.

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Beyonce in House of Dereon, 2006

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Queen B made a splash in a floral House of Dereon dress which featured an abstract print.

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Angelina Jolie in Emanuel Ungaro, 2007

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Jolie hit the red carpet in a sweeping Ungaro canary yellow haute couture gown that cemented her status as one of Hollywood's hottest bombshells.

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Cate Blanchett in Armani Privé, 2008

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Blanchett struck a fierce pose during the festival's opening ceremony in this custom one-shoulder Armani Privé creation, which featured soft cascading ruffles.

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Natalie Portman in GIvenchy, 2008

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Portman looked like a sculptural dream in this white Givenchy dress, leaving a lasting impression on everyone in her path.

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Angelina Jolie in Max Azria, 2008

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Glowing while pregnant with Knox and Vivienne, mom-to-be Jolie did red carpet maternity style right in Max Azria at the film festival.

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Cate Blanchett in Alexander McQueen, 2010

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Never one to dodge a style risk, Cate Blanchett scored a high fashion win at the festivities in a bold Alexander McQueen gown.

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Kate Beckinsale in Marchesa, 2010

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Beckinsale was an angelic sight to see in this outstanding Marchesa creation, which featured a blue draped tulle ruffle skirt and crystal-adorned bodice.

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Uma Thurman in Versace, 2011

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The actress floated down the carpet for the festival's opening ceremony in a white feathered Versace gown and bold emerald jewels.

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Rachel McAdams in Marchesa, 2011

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Something dramatic and red for a carpet to match: McAdam's illusion Marchesa gown with sheer sweeping train.

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Claudia Schiffer in Chanel Couture, 2011

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The model proved age is nothing but a number when she rocked this sheer Chanel design which made a lasting impression.

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Kirsten Dunst in Chanel Couture, 2011

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Dunst stepped out for the festival's closing ceremony in this custom Chanel gown, which features a heavily fluffy skirt and silver metallic bodice.

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Penélope Cruz in Marchesa, 2011

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Cruz stood out on the red carpet in a breath-taking nude and lilac Marchesa gown with a flowing tulle train and sparkling embroidered details.

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Heidi Klum in Marchesa, 2012

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Klum looked breathtaking when she took to the red carpet in the is dazzling Marchesa design which was fully beaded with fringe detailing.

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Reese Witherspoon in Atelier Versace, 2012

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A mom-to-be at the time, Witherspoon dazzled in a a custom-made navy silk chiffon Atelier Versace gown covered in Swarovski crystals with a cut-out back and proved that a baby bump can make a great accessory on the red carpet.

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Kristen Stewart in Reem Acra, 2012

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Going majorly glam for the occasion, Stewart stunned in a bright red Reem Acra gown, which perfectly matched the starlets lip color.

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Salma Hayek in Gucci, 2012

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Hayek made a statement in this revealing Gucci when she strutted her stuff down the red carpet.

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Freida Pinto in Michael Angel, 2012

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The actress hit up the festival's opening ceremony in this fresh and original strapless Michael Angel dress, which had a multi-colored crystallized bodice and pink draped skirt with a thigh-high split.

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Diane Kruger in Christian Dior Couture, 2012

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For the closing ceremony, Kruger donned a checkered sleeveless ball gown by Dior which featured black lace embroidered details and ended the festival on a high note.

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Eva Longoria in Marchesa, 2012

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Longoria shut the red carpet down at the opening ceremony in this stunning Marchesa gown, complete with intricate embroidered details and a breath-taking tulle train.

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Isla Fisher in Oscar de la Renta, 2013

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Hitting up the festival's opening ceremony, the actress stood out wearing an Oscar de la Renta strapless crimson red dress with multiple choppy layers.

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Olivia Palermo in Roberto Cavalli, 2013

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Palermo wore an opulent gold sequined Roberto Cavalli gown topped with a Zara blazer, creating a truly mesmerizing look.

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Selita Ebanks in Gabriela Cadena, 2013

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The model shined in a neon yellow Gabriela Cadena gown complete with flowing train and piles of sparkling jewels.

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Carey Mulligan in Christian Dior, 2013

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Mulligan was pale perfection in a Dior Haute Couture blush matte satin duchesse gown alongside director Baz Luhrmann during the festival's opening ceremony.

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Solange Knowles in Stephane Rolland Couture, 2013

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Knowles looked fierce in this Stephane Rolland creation adorned with feather accents at the festival's opening ceremony.

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Emma Watson in Chanel, 2013

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Watson made our jaws drop in this custom Chanel design that perfectly accented her svelte frame.

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Tilda Swinton in Haider Ackermann, 2013

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Always one to make a statement, the actress wore a custom Haider Ackermann gold ensemble which included a shimmering fluid long-sleeve top and extra long pants.

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Marion Cotillard in Christian Dior, 2013

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Cotillard made an entrance in a silk bustier Christian Dior dress which featured multicolored vertical stripes.

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Jennifer Lawrence in Christian Dior, 2013

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Lawrence has donned a multitude of Dior looks, but this black-and-white number by the label stands out among the rest.

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Zoe Saldana in Valentino, 2013

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Saldana looked regal in this sleeveless brocade Valentino gown, which was a more conservative (and therefore, surprising) look for the typically edgy actress.

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Jessica Chastain in Givenchy, 2013

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Chastain looked absolutely regal in this purple beaded Givenchy creation that popped on the red carpet.

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Jessica Biel in Marchesa, 2013

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Biel took to the red carpet in a feathered and embroidered creation from Marchesa, which she paired with a stunning serpent necklace to make the look unforgettable.

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