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Lights, camera, glamour: 40 of the best looks from the Cannes Film Festival red carpet

With the festival cancelled this year, we look back at some of the best outfits from the past

The 73rd annual Cannes Film Festival was meant to take place between Tuesday, May 12 and Saturday, May 23 this year, but like many things amid the coronavirus pandemic, it was cancelled some weeks ago.

This is a loss to us all, because not only is the festival a tribute to the world's best filmmaking, but it's a visual feast, too, as famous actors and actresses take to the red carpet, clad in the world's most beautiful clothes.

With its daily parades for the cameras, Cannes, as it is simply known, has helped boost many careers since the 1950s, when actress Brigitte Bardot wore a LBD and danced along the beach for the press.

Since then, the Cannes red carpet has become increasingly elaborate, as stars call on stylists to secure the latest fashion masterpieces, often fresh off the runway.

Although we will not be privy to the red carpet scenes this year, here, we look back at some of the showstopper looks from the past, from Princess Diana to Amal Clooney, via Aishwarya Rai and Kristen Stewart.

There are fairy tale gowns, tailored trouser suits and lots of sartorial rule-breaking, including a barefoot Julia Roberts.

Scroll through the gallery above to see our top picks.

Updated: May 11, 2020 02:59 PM

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