Kirsten Dunst's Cannes Glam Slam: 28 Custom Looks in 12 Days

9:00 AM 5/15/2017

by Carol McColgin

The actress and her stylists reveal the three months of prep (and $10 million in pink diamonds) it takes to make a Cannes juror red carpet-worthy.

Kirsten Dunst
Kirsten Dunst
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"It was epic," says Nina Hallworth, who with her sister Clare has styled Kirsten Dunst, 35, for 17 years. Dressing the star to be a Cannes juror in 2016 — which involved prepping for opening night, multiple premieres and cocktail and day looks — was "the equivalent of an entire awards season in two weeks." The sisters started working on Dunst's wardrobe three months out and commissioned 28 custom looks for her to don during the 69th Cannes Film Festival. (The actress returns this year for her role in Sofia Coppola's The Beguiled.) "The French want you to bring your most glamorous, authentic self," says Clare. The pair wanted "a nod to nostalgia" — think Marilyn, Audrey — and their client wholly approved: "So much love and work went into creating my dresses, and they are all beauties," Dunst tells THR. In lieu of steamer trunks, she and Nina hand-carried the couture in their Louis Vuitton and Chanel carry-ons: "Kirsten's friend Kristen Stewart and hairstylist Adir [Abergel] saw us plowing through Nice Airport like Sherpas and were in stitches," laughs Nina. Final touch: 10 carats of pink diamonds, loaned by Chopard co-president Caroline Scheufele. Says Clare: "Kirsten loves pink diamonds, and Caroline sent a jet with earrings worth $10 million from her personal collection."

  • Christian Dior Haute Couture

    'Loving' Premiere, May 16

    Left, George Pimentel/WireImage; Right, courtesy of Nina Hallworth

    "Jurors have a packed daytime viewing schedule. We had 47 minutes to get Kirsten red carpet-ready for the first premiere — we zipped her into Dior's lily-of-the-valley dress in the basement of the Palais and off she went," says Nina of this elegant reinterpretation of a gown from Monsieur Dior's 1957 Haute Couture collection. Final touch? Fred Leighton gems.

  • Maison Margiela Haute Couture by John Galliano

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    Luca Teuchmann/WireImage/Getty Images (Dunst); Courtesy of Nina Hallworth (Sketch)

    "We sent John [Galliano] an iconic image of a model in an English garden wearing one of his '90s pieces. He took that inspiration and reimagined it with black Chantilly lace trees and love birds," says Clare of this marigold satin and tulle gown.

  • Christian Dior Haute Couture

    Jury Photocall, May 11

    Left, Tony Barson/FilmMagic/Getty Images; Right, courtesy of Dior

    Dunst teamed a vintage yellow Dior dress (circa 1947) with Salvatore Ferragamo sandals for an official jury photo op. "It felt fresh and modern but also harks back to days gone by," says Clare of the Grace Kelly-esque ensemble.

  • Gucci

    'Cafe Society' Premiere and Opening Gala, May 11

    "Kirsten had worn a similar silhouette [by Rochas] in pale blue adorned with birds to the Marie Antoinette premiere [at the 2006 Cannes Film Festival]. This Gucci was a decadent and glamorous revision of that moment," says Nina of Dunst's debut red carpet look.

  • Chanel

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    "Kirsten wanted something tailored. Chanel's Cruise show was in Cuba a few days prior, and they gave her this piece right off the runway — it looked like something Coco would have worn effortlessly when everyone else was in feathers and lace," says Nina of Dunst's chic suit.

  • Schiaparelli Haute Couture

    Chopard Trophy Ceremony, May 12

    Dunst teamed a whimsical cutlery-patterned silk jacquard dress with Chopard statement drops. "Each of Kirsten's looks was worn with such confidence and garnered an enormous amount of press," says Clare.

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