Naomi Campbell Has Ruled the Cannes Red Carpet For Over Two Decades

Model Naomi Campbell attends the "Biutiful" Premiere at the Palais des Festivals during the 63rd Ann...
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Naomi Campbell has a unique ability to turn just about every red carpet she steps foot on into her own personal runway. But, for all the galas and premieres the supermodel has attended over the years, her jaw-dropping red-carpet fashion sense takes its best form at the Cannes Film Festival. Since she made her first appearance at the starry event back in 1996, Campbell has managed to bring her signature fashion sense to the Croisette countless times since.

Of course, she’s partnered with top labels like Chanel, Valentino, and Versace. But Campbell has also remained on the cutting edge at Cannes: she was doing the sheer red carpet trend in 2007, before fashion girls hopped on the bandwagon over the past few years, and even sported a teensy, tiny party dress and ab-baring cut-outs on the step and repeat. So, in honor of Naomi Campbell’s history at the Cannes Film Festival, look back at all of her top red carpet moments, here.

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The 2024 edition just kicked off, but Campbell has already managed to make headlines by re-wearing a Chanel couture gown that she had premiered on the runway 28 years earlier.

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Campbell’s statuesque Chanel couture gown, which she wore during the Firebrand premiere, featured a fully-embellished neck strap and backside. The model accented her look with blunt bangs and her go-to natural makeup.

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Campbell looked ethereal in an ab-baring, cut-out Valentino look during the Killers Of The Flower Moon red carpet. The cherry on top? A blush pink, feather-trimmed cape.

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Campbell, dripping in disco ball sequins, went for a high-impact Celine look for the festival’s opening ceremony in 2023.

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Campbell went sans bra in 2022 during the Decision To Leave premiere. She dazzled in a plunging Valentino couture gown that she accented with a blinding, megawatt diamond necklace.

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In 2018, Campbell made the red carpet her runway in a custom, asymmetrical look from Poiret.

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After a six year hiatus from the Cannes Film Festival, Campbell returned to the 2017 event in a jaw-dropping Atelier Versace gown.

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While Campbell has shown herself to experiment on the Cannes red carpet, for the 2011 The Beaver premiere, she kept things classic in a dotted black gown complete with elegant ruffle details.

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All eyes were on Campbell and her disco ball halter gown that she showed off for the premiere of Biutiful in 2010.

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With her then-boyfriend Vladislav Doronin, Campbell went black tie formal for the 2010 edition.

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Campbell radiated in 2008 while wearing this drop-waist number.

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Campbell flouted the traditional Cannes gown in 2007, opting to wear a black tutu dress with sheer inserts for the Une Vieille Maitresse premiere.

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Way ahead of the sheer red carpet trend, Campbell graced The Diving Bell and the Butterfly red carpet in a see-through dotted dress back in 2007.

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Alongside actress Daryl Hannah and Fawaz Gruosi, Campbell went simple in 2004. She sported a Grecian white column gown and a serpent Bulgari necklace.

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The model went full-on midnight blue on the 2002 red carpet in a velour dress that featured a va-va-voom side slit and a plunging neckline.

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Campbell sizzled for the 2001 Cannes amfAR Gala in a semi-sheer number complete with major embroidery.


Campbell made a splash for her debut appearance at Cannes, hitting the Croisette in a neon green bodycon look that she paired with chartreuse peep-toe pumps.