Forget the Oscars and the Met Gala — the Cannes International Film Festival is the epitome of glamour. The mantra “Go big or go home” was practically coined for the annual star-studded gathering. This year’s edition just kicked off today, making now a prime time to reflect on the 20 greatest show-stopping gowns ever to hit the French Riviera. We’re talking epic feathered trains, sculpted skirts, decadent embroidery and eye-catching embellished bodices. Fashion institutions Stéphane Rolland, Ralph & Russo, Atelier Versace and Gucci Première are all well-represented as their pieces are often designed for a grand stage like Cannes. From A-list actresses to an iconic princess, these looks are emblazoned into our memories as some of the best fashions, not just of Cannes, but of all time.
Take a scroll back through time via the slideshow above and relive the 20 most breathtaking gowns to ever grace the Cannes red carpet.