The 41-year-old female star struts down the red carpet of the 2023 Cannes Film Festival in an haute couture evening gown that is over 70 years old from the Dior fashion house
Natalie Portman wears a haute couture dress designed by sir Christian Dior himself
In 2023, Natalie Portman was one of the stars whose film premiered at the Cannes Film Festival. The film May December, starring her, competed for the Palme d’Or at the 76th Cannes Film Festival. Therefore, Natalie Portman was greatly acclaimed when she appeared at this year’s international film festival with her co-star Julianne. Moore, Charles Melton, and director Todd Haynes.
Appearing on the fifth day of the 2023 Cannes Film Festival season, Natalie Portman wowed the audience on the Cannes red carpet when donating a gorgeous evening gown.
She, along with the director and cast of the May December crew, had to wait more than 3 hours after Martin Scorsese’s Killers Of The Flower Moon ended its premiere to be able to step on the red carpet at the Grand Lumiére Theater. Although it was pouring rain, the 41-year-old star still managed to linger to sign autographs for fans.
In the movie May December, Natalie Portman plays Elizabeth, a famous actress. She is about to star in a movie about the scandalous love affair between Gracie (Julianne Moore) and Joe (Charles Melton). Years ago, the scandalous cross-generational love affair of Gracie and 13-year-old high school student Joe caused a nationwide controversy due to their age gap. Elizabeth’s goal is to chat and learn the psychology of insiders. However, her appearance put pressure on Gracie and Joe’s marriage to break down.
The red carpet of the Cannes Film Festival is always the arena of stars in shabby clothes. But Natalie Portman deserves the title of best-dressed red carpet on the fifth day of this year’s film festival when wearing a design that is not only gorgeous but also has historical significance.
As a Dior ambassador, Natalie Portman constantly appears in the brand’s haute couture designs at international events. However, the dress she wears this time is very special as it is an original design of Sir Christian Dior, restored for the actress by Dior’s haute couture workshop.
The design Natalie Portman wore, bearing the name Junon, was designed by founder Christian Dior for the haute couture Milieu du Siècle (1949-1950) collection as a tribute to his love of flowers and women. To date, this iconic dress has turned 73 years old and is considered one of the “most coveted” evening designs of the French luxury brand.
Junon’s design is in the form of a strapless dress with an hourglass figure. This is a classic look often found in Dior houses. A special highlight is a skirt with beaded petals layered.
At first glance, the skirt part looks like soft rose petals, one of the flowers that Lord Christian Dior loves most. But if you take a closer look, you’ll notice the details are inspired by the feathers of the peacock, the symbolic bird of the Greek Goddess Hera. Hera is the wife of Zeus, the goddess of female power, and marriage, and one of the 12 most powerful gods in Olympia.
The Junon dress is seen as a more feminine and dignified version of the Bar Suit; like a flower in full bloom, a peacock spreading its wings proudly. More than 70 years since its debut, the haute couture Junon dress once again shines through the years by Dior muse Natalie Portman on the red carpet of the 2023 Cannes Film Festival.
In 1947, Christian Dior founded the legendary haute couture empire and launched the first collection called New Look. This collection was born to shake the post-war fashion world thanks to its total romanticism. The whole design focuses on the waist shape of the waist, which is both classic and modern with a small waist detail, to show off the sexy curves of women.
In particular, the introduction of the Junon evening dress in the autumn 1949/50 haute couture collection made a big splash, demonstrating the designer’s belief in the existence of haute couture based on the ability to ability to restore magic and elegance to a woman’s wardrobe. Until now, the dress is still considered one of the most innovative creations of Christian Dior as well as the fashion world.
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