Happy birthday Aishwarya Rai: Relive her best Cannes dresses of all time
Aishwarya Rai knows how to turn heads. Since making her Cannes film festival debut in 2002, the star has been serving memorable looks, year after year. As she celebrates her 46th birthday today, see Aishwarya Rai's most stylish Cannes red carpet looks ever.
Aishwarya Rai Bachchan is a Bollywood icon and has been in the Hindi film industry for over 20 years. In recent years, the star has become more selective about the red carpets she walks, but never fails to attend the Cannes film festival — where she can serve some absolutely stunning looks. The Cannes film festival is one of the most glamorous events in the world, attracting film stars, models, and royalty alike. But while stars consistently shine thanks to the most incredible gowns, no one has marked the red carpet quite like Aishwarya Rai Bachchan.
Back in 2002, when she was 29 years old, the Devdas actress stunned everyone when she made her Cannes red carpet debut wearing what has since become one of her most iconic outfits: a yellow Neeta Lulla saree. A couple of years later, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan delivered another show-stopping moment at the 2006 Cannes film festival in a strapless Elie Saab number with a bejewelled serpentine necklace slinking its way around her neck. The former Miss World was already renowned on the red carpet for her classic beauty, poise, and risk-taking, but that look solidified the actress's standing as one of Bollywood’s fashion elites.
She's been a regular at the Cannes film festival for almost two decades now and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan continues to reign over the red carpet with her ever-evolving looks. She remains in the best-dressed ranks, wearing stunners from Roberto Cavalli, Michael Cinco, Gucci and Sabyasachi, amongst others. When Rai Bachchan glides onto the red carpet, everyone watches as she radiates statement-making glamour in regal but modern designer gowns and similarly striking hair and make-up looks.
But her recent Cannes film festival outfits have introduced a new side of Aishwarya Rai Bachchan’s style, as she brings a distinctive and edgy flair to typically fancy dresses. Whether it’s choosing a butterfly-patterned gown with an embellished train or a structured Rami Kadi gown with a Samurai-esque top knot, the actress has never been afraid to take a sartorial risk. Nailing everything from a sheer saree to dramatic red carpet gowns, Rai Bachchan is seriously on the pulse when it comes to dressing for the Cannes film festival. Not only that, she dives into every statement beauty trend at the annual gala: from an intense burgundy lip to go with her teal green Elie Saab gown and subtle violet eyes and nude lips with her Ralph & Russo couture gown to a glossy scarlet pucker to match her Oscar de la Renta — she aced it all.
On her 46th birthday on Friday (November 1), we've rounded up a few of Aishwarya Rai Bachchan’s best Cannes film festival red carpet looks. The stunning actress, who has a slew of designers wanting to dress her, never fails to impress when walking the festival red carpet. From a Cinderella-worthy ball gown by Michael Cinco to a snakeskin-embossed leather number by Lebanese couturier Jean-Louis Sabaji, take a look at her impeccable style ahead:
Aishwarya Rai Bachchan wowed on the Cannes film festival red carpet in 2017, when she wore this Cinderella-esque couture gown by Michael Cinco. The icy blue off-the-shoulder dress was covered with beads and embroidered silver leaves and boasted a ball-worthy voluminous skirt. She wore her pin-straight hair down and accessorised minimally with a few silver rings, letting the dress speak for itself. Aishwarya Rai Bachchan looked positively ethereal in her dress. Seriously, though. Look at all that luscious fabric.
After transforming into a real-life Cinderella at the 2017 Cannes film festival, the Bollywood star reprised her stellar black tie wardrobe with another couture gown by designer Michael Cinco. Her vibrant dress at Cannes 2018, which reportedly took 3,000 man-hours to make, was created to reflect the impalpable dream of a butterfly metamorphosis. The Dubai-based designer did not skimp on the details for this dress: it's completely covered in Swarovski crystals and French palettes, it consists of ultra-violet, midnight blue, and red thread works, and it boasts a 20-foot train that mimics "a butterfly emerging from its chrysalis." Plus, its body-hugging silhouette and sweetheart neckline compliment Rai Bachchan's figure perfectly. The result had us simply stunned.
At the 72nd edition of the Cannes film festival in 2018, the former Miss World also stepped out in a snakeskin-embossed holographic laser leather number by Lebanese couturier Jean-Louis Sabaji. Rai Bachchan has perfected the art of walking the red carpet in couture ensembles, and this one didn’t disappoint either. Decked in a metallic gold gown with a long trail, the star's look was all about the drama. The decolletage baring number featured leaf-like cut-outs on the bodice, with a snakeskin textured fabric. The gown caught sunlight in all the right ways, changing colours from gold and orange into green and yellow. It featured a layered long sleeve on one side and a sharp strapless neckline shaping an asymmetrically structured bust. Interestingly, the actress skipped jewellery from her look, ensuring all eyes were on her statement-making ensemble.