Black and White Dresses Dominate the Red Carpet at the Cannes Film Festival

by Tom White

The 2024 Cannes Film Festival is drawing to a close. Black and white dresses have long been a staple of the Cannes red carpet. Unlike other star-studded events, Cannes stands out for its unique approach to the red carpet.
Cannes is one of the most challenging times for celebrities and their stylists, with multiple looks required for photo calls, red carpet events, and those all-important candid shots. Although Cannes is famous for its somewhat controversial dress code, celebrities produce a variety of looks that range from casual evening wear to haute couture.
Many of these looks have one thing in common – their neutral color palettes. Black and white dresses are once again dominating the Cannes Film Festival, remaining one of the event’s most consistent trends.

What’s the Dress Code for Cannes Film Festival?
Cannes Film Festival has its own dress code for gala screenings and red-carpet events, with evening dress required. However, celebrities are allowed to wear an array of alternatives, including “a cocktail dress…a dressy top with black trousers, a black dress…elegant shoes”.
While trainers are still a no-go on the Cannes red carpet, the fact its dress code is becoming more relaxed means that celebrities, designers, and stylists are on the hunt for more versatile looks. It’s why black and white dresses tick all the boxes.

Stars Wearing Black and White Dresses at Cannes 2024


Selena Gomez attended the premiere of her movie ‘Emilia Perez’ in a black and white dress by Saint Laurent with bardot sleeves and a velvet bodice, styled with a diamond swan necklace from Bulgari.
The Only Murders in the Building actress was spotted in several white and black dresses during the film festival, including a white mini dress from Self-Portrait when she arrived in Cannes ahead of the film premiere

Danielle Vasinova
One of the highlights of the Cannes Film Festival is seeing the biggest rising stars alongside household names. It’s often these new faces who deliver some of the most memorable red carpet looks.
Danielle Vasinova an actress everyone‘s attention is drawn to, attended the premieres of Francis Ford Coppola’s Megalopolis, one of the most talked about movies from the film festival, and David Croneberg’s ‘The Shrouds’.


Her white dress by Ines Di Santo had a classic silhouette with a square neckline, capturing the old Hollywood feel synonymous with Cannes Film Festival. The minimalistic accessories accentuated the diamond and emerald necklace giving it a vintage-inspired but timeless feel.


Her second outfit by Ines Di Santo continued the vintage-inspired trend with an olive leaf overlay across a sheer black fabric and a lighter slip underneath, creating a flowing trail reminiscent of ‘90s fashion.
Vasinova can be seen playing Sandra Whittaker in the neo-noir thriller, Darkness of Man, where she stars alongside Jean Claude van Damme, which had its international release earlier this month.
She’s nominated for a Daytime Emmy Award for her role in ‘The Bay’ with The Emmys airing on June 7th on CBS. Will Danielle Vasinova continue the black and white dress trend on the Emmys red carpet?

Eva Green
Black and white dresses have long been Eva Green’s signature looks, so it’s no surprise that the actress has worn an array of them during the 2024 Cannes Film Festival. As part of this year’s jury, Green has been a staple on the red carpet. She wore a black dress with netting and gold detailing as part of a futuristic look for the ‘Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga’ premiere.
The former James Bond actress wore another black dress, this time with a daring plunging neckline, to the Chopard Dinner. The sheer sleeves featured sequin embellishments, accentuating the impressive five-strand diamond choker.
Green also wore a black and white outfit from Chanel Haute Couture for the ‘Emilia Perez’ film premiere, featuring a fitted black velvet jacket and white silk skirt. The outfit was inspired by Chanel’s 1994 Haute Couture collection.

Naomi Campbell


It’s not just actresses leading the black and white dress trend at Cannes Film Festival. Naomi Campbell arrived at the ‘Furiosa: A Mad Maa Saga’ premiere with stylist Law Roach. Her dress was the same one she wore on the Chanel runway almost 30 years ago, with sheer paneling, black sequins, and pearl straps. This vintage 1997 Haute Couture dress was one of the stand-out looks from that premiere.

Meryl Streep
Meryl Streep took center stage at the 2024 Cannes Film Festival, where she was awarded with an honorary Palme d’Or, its highest award. She attended a photocall ahead of its opening ceremony in a chic white Michael Kors pantsuit and striped shirt with silver pointed-toe heels that even her alter-ego Miranda Priestly would have approved of.
Streep chose an ethereal white dress for Cannes’ opening ceremony with chandelier earrings and a chic chignon with cat-eyed sunglasses. The back-to-back white looks had a distinctively French feel to them, showing that the Only Murders in the Building actress is perfectly at home with the ‘stealth wealth’ trend.

Aubrey Plaza
One of the most talked about looks from Cannes Film Festival is the custom Loewe white silk dress Aubrey Plaza wore for the premiere of ‘Megalopolis’. The star of White Lotus joined her movie co-stars, Adam Driver, and Chloe Fineman, on the red carpet for the film’s premiere.
The white dress was another Old Hollywood-inspired look with a twisted panel acting as a belt, an open back, and turquoise diamonds worthy of Elizabeth Taylor.
Cannes Film Festival has set the tone for the rest of 2024’s red carpet events, from the Daytime Emmys to blockbuster movie premieres. Black and white dresses are set to be one of the hottest trends for celebrities this year.

Narine Arakelian


Narine Arakelian graced the 2024 Cannes Film Festival, captivating attendees with her striking presence. She dazzled on the carpet in a sophisticated black Philipp Plein dress that featured intricate detailing, perfectly complementing her elegant style. Arakelian completed the look with bold red lips, adding a touch of classic glamour.
For the festival’s opening ceremony, Arakelian wore her blonde hair down in relaxed waves, adding a touch of effortless elegance to her ensemble. Her choice of attire exuded confidence and sophistication, making a memorable impression at the prestigious event.
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