20 of the biggest celebrity fashion faux pas at the Cannes Film Festival over the years

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Kristen removing her heels, Fernanda's breasts exposed in her low-cut dress, Bella holding her dress together by the high leg slit.
Kristen Stewart, Fernanda Liz, and Bella Hadid have all made fashion faux pas on the Cannes Film Festival red carpet.Stephane Cardinale/Corbis/Getty Images; ALBERTO PIZZOLI/Getty Images; Stephane Cardinale/Corbis/Getty Images
  • The Cannes Film Festival will be held from May 17 through May 28.

  • Over the years, its red carpet has served as a daring fashion playground for celebrities.

  • 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.

Black and white photo of Bobbi in a sheer black bodice of a black dress. There is a large opening in the mesh from the collar to her waist and you can see her bare breast through the sheer material.
Bobbie Bresee attends the 33rd Cannes Film Festival in May 1980.George Rose/Getty Images

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.

Illona in a skimpy white ensemble with thin ribbons of fabric going around her chest and stomach flowing to one piece down the middle. Her breasts, stomach, and thighs are exposed. She has lace gloves, thigh-high sheer white tights, a flower crown and his holding a pinked stuffed bear toy.
Ilona Staller attends the 41st Cannes Film Festival on May 1, 1988.Ullstein Bild Dtl./Getty Images

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.

Victoria looking back over her shoulder walking up the stairs in a black jacket that opens int the back to reveal a light pink thong worn over white underwear. She's holding a bowl hat, purse, and wearing chunky heels.
Victoria Abril attends the 50th Cannes Film Festival on May 11, 1997.PATRICK HERTZOG/Getty Images

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.

Sophie lifting up left side of her ceam bodice and strap back over her shoulder.
Sophie Marceau attends the 58th Cannes Film Festival on May 13, 2005.Venturelli/Getty Images

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.

Side by side of Phoebe holding back and open the slit of her white gown next to her bare rear end exposed.
Phoebe Price attends the 58th Cannes Film Festival on May 17, 2005.Toni Anne Barson Archive/Getty Images; MJ Kim/Getty Images

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.

Elizabeth posing to show off the back of her blue-silver gown with a low back. Below the back neckline, her zipper busted, exposing her skin.
Elizabeth Banks attends the 62nd Cannes Film Festival on May 15, 2009.Toni Anne Barson Archive/Getty Images

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.

A woman and two men wear black while two extras wear and roll rubber tires. One man has knee pads on.
Roxane Mesquida, Quentin Dupieux, and Daniel Quinn attending the 63rd Cannes Film Festival on May 17, 2010.Dominique Charriau/Getty Images

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.

Eva walking up the steps while holding up her green gown over her thighs so she doesn't trip. She's holding onto someone for help.
Eva Longoria attends the 66th Cannes Film Festival on May 18, 2013.Vittorio Zunino Celotto/Getty Images

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.

Side by side of Rosario in a white sequin gown with a leg slit in the middle that exposes a lot of her leg as she walks. She holds down the fabric by her crotch and makes a funny face.
Rosario Dawson attends the 66th Cannes Film Festival on May 20, 2013.Danny Martindale/Getty Images; Dave J Hogan/Getty Images

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.

Side by side of Sophie in a white long sleeve wrap gown with a leg slit that exposes her nude underwear on the carpet and walking up the stairs.
Sophie Marceau attends the 68th Cannes Film Festival on May 14, 2015.Gisela Schober/Getty Images; Foc Kan/Getty Images

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.

Side by side of Julia in a black flowing gown showing her in platform heels next to her walking up the stairs barefoot.
Julia Roberts attends the 69th Cannes Film Festival on May 12, 2016.Epsilon/Getty Images; ANNE-CHRISTINE POUJOULAT/Getty Images

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.

Side by side of Amal looking down and holding open an excess of tulle on her yellow gown and exposing her legs up to her crotch. George holds her hand and she hunches over, stumbling up steps in her gown.
George Clooney and Amal Clooney attend the 69th Cannes Film Festival on May 12, 2016.Luca Teuchmann/Getty Images; ALBERTO PIZZOLI/Getty Images

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.

Laure kicking her leg up high in a black dress that swung open revealing her legs and thighs.
Laure Calamy (far right) at the 69th Cannes Film Festival on May 12, 2016.Stephane Cardinale/Corbis/Getty Images

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.

Side by side of Bella holding down the chest of her plunging red dress neckline and keeping her leg covered from the waist-high slit exposing her entire leg.
Bella Hadid at the 69th Cannes Film Festival on May 18, 2016.VALERY HACHE/Getty Images; Stephane Cardinale/Corbis/Getty Images

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.

Hadid later spoke to Vogue for a "Life in Looks" video in 2021 and said she "was nervous in this dress," noting that she had a few slipups in it.

"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.

Side by side of bella in a blush satin strapless gown with a high leg slit that comes to the center and exposes her nude underwear when walking on the red carpet and up the stairs.
Bella Hadid attends the 70th Cannes Film Festival on May 17, 2017.ANNE-CHRISTINE POUJOULAT/Getty Images; LOIC VENANCE/Getty Images

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 in a teal satin halter gown with the side of her breast exposed and a high leg slit.
Abigail Lopez at the 70th Cannes Film Festival on May 14, 2017.Dominique Charriau/Getty Images

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.

Side by side of Kristen in a silver long sleeve minidress taking off one of her black stilhetto heels next to her walking up the steps barefoot and holding her heels.
Kristen Stewart at the 71st Cannes Film Festival on May 14, 2018.Stephane Cardinale/Corbis/Getty Images

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.

Joy in a bright pik off the shoulder gown with a plunging neckline and a waist-high slit that reveals Joy's crotch area.
Joy Corrigan attends the 71st Cannes Film Festival on May 14, 2018.Future Publishing/Getty Images

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.

Pietra holding down her billowing white long sleeve gown with a slit that open to expose her nude underwear.
Petra Němcová at the 71st Cannes Film Festival on May 14, 2018.Andreas Rentz/Getty Images

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 in a strapless voluminous tiered tulle skirted dress. Side by side of her holding her hand over her chest next to her lifting her skirt and her bare chest peeking out of her bodice.
Fernanda Liz attends the 72nd Cannes Film Festival on May 22, 2019.Samir Hussein/Getty Images; ALBERTO PIZZOLI/Getty Images

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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