Wednesday 23 May 2018

Cate Blanchett was dressed like an actual princess in this custom dress at Cannes - which took six months to create

Australian actress and President of the Jury Cate Blanchett arrives on May 10, 2018 for the screening of the film
Australian actress and President of the Jury Cate Blanchett arrives on May 10, 2018 for the screening of the film "Cold War (Zimna Wojna)" at the 71st edition of the Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, southern France. / AFP PHOTO / Antonin THUILLIERANTONIN THUILLIER/AFP/Getty Images
Jury President Cate Blanchett attends the screening of "Cold War (Zimna Wojna)" during the 71st annual Cannes Film Festival at Palais des Festivals on May 10, 2018 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)
Jury President Cate Blanchett attends the screening of "Cold War (Zimna Wojna)" during the 71st annual Cannes Film Festival at Palais des Festivals on May 10, 2018 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Emma McIntyre/Getty Images)
Australian actress and President of the Jury Cate Blanchett poses as she arrives on May 10, 2018 for the screening of the film "Cold War (Zimna Wojna)" at the 71st edition of the Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, southern France. / AFP PHOTO / Anne-Christine POUJOULATANNE-CHRISTINE POUJOULAT/AFP/Getty Images
Australian actress and President of the Jury Cate Blanchett poses as she arrives on May 10, 2018 for the screening of the film "Cold War (Zimna Wojna)" at the 71st edition of the Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, southern France. / AFP PHOTO / Valery HACHEVALERY HACHE/AFP/Getty Images
Australian actress and President of the Jury Cate Blanchett poses as she arrives on May 10, 2018 for the screening of the film "Cold War (Zimna Wojna)" at the 71st edition of the Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, southern France. / AFP PHOTO / Valery HACHEVALERY HACHE/AFP/Getty Images
TOPSHOT - Australian actress and President of the Jury Cate Blanchett poses as she arrives on May 10, 2018 for the screening of the film "Cold War (Zimna Wojna)" at the 71st edition of the Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, southern France. / AFP PHOTO / Valery HACHEVALERY HACHE/AFP/Getty Images
Australian actress and President of the Jury Cate Blanchett poses as she arrives on May 10, 2018 for the screening of the film "Cold War (Zimna Wojna)" at the 71st edition of the Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, southern France. / AFP PHOTO / Antonin THUILLIERANTONIN THUILLIER/AFP/Getty Images
Australian actress and President of the Jury Cate Blanchett arrives on May 10, 2018 for the screening of the film "Cold War (Zimna Wojna)" at the 71st edition of the Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, southern France. / AFP PHOTO / Antonin THUILLIERANTONIN THUILLIER/AFP/Getty Images
Australian actress and President of the Jury Cate Blanchett arrives on May 10, 2018 for the screening of the film "Cold War (Zimna Wojna)" at the 71st edition of the Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, southern France. / AFP PHOTO / Antonin THUILLIERANTONIN THUILLIER/AFP/Getty Images
Australian actress and President of the Jury Cate Blanchett poses as she arrives on May 10, 2018 for the screening of the film "Cold War (Zimna Wojna)" at the 71st edition of the Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, southern France. / AFP PHOTO / Alberto PIZZOLIALBERTO PIZZOLI/AFP/Getty Images
Australian actress and President of the Jury Cate Blanchett poses as she arrives on May 10, 2018 for the screening of the film "Cold War (Zimna Wojna)" at the 71st edition of the Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, southern France. / AFP PHOTO / Alberto PIZZOLIALBERTO PIZZOLI/AFP/Getty Images
Australian actress and President of the Jury Cate Blanchett poses as she arrives on May 10, 2018 for the screening of the film "Cold War (Zimna Wojna)" at the 71st edition of the Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, southern France. / AFP PHOTO / Alberto PIZZOLIALBERTO PIZZOLI/AFP/Getty Images
Australian actress and President of the Jury Cate Blanchett poses as she arrives on May 10, 2018 for the screening of the film "Cold War (Zimna Wojna)" at the 71st edition of the Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, southern France. / AFP PHOTO / LOIC VENANCELOIC VENANCE/AFP/Getty Images
Jury president Cate Blanchett walks onstage at the Opening Ceremony during the 71st annual Cannes Film Festival at Palais des Festivals on May 8, 2018 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)
Jury president Cate Blanchett arrives at the Gala dinner during the 71st annual Cannes Film Festival at Palais des Festivals on May 8, 2018 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)
Australian actress and President of the Jury Cate Blanchett poses on May 8, 2018 during photocall ahead of the opening of the 71st edition of the Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, southern France. / AFP PHOTO / Valery HACHEVALERY HACHE/AFP/Getty Images
Australian actress and President of the Jury Cate Blanchett leaves after she attended on May 8, 2018 a press conference ahead of the opening of the 71st edition of the Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, southern France. / AFP PHOTO / Laurent EMMANUELLAURENT EMMANUEL/AFP/Getty Images
Australian actress and President of the Jury Cate Blanchett poses as she arrives on May 8, 2018 for the screening of the film "Todos Lo Saben (Everybody Knows)" and the opening ceremony of the 71st edition of the Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, southern France. / AFP PHOTO / Alberto PIZZOLIALBERTO PIZZOLI/AFP/Getty Images
Caitlin McBride

Caitlin McBride

How very presidential.

The two-time Oscar-winning actress is acting as jury president of the Cannes Film Festival and made her most jaw-dropping red carpet appearance on Thursday night for the premiere of Cold War.

After opening the festival in a dazzling black lace Armani gown, she went for the real-life fairytale look in a custom Mary Katrantzou dress which took six months to create. The American designer was recruited by Blanchett's style team after the Carol star fell for her SS18 collection, to commission the piece, which she describes as a "dream come true".

"The dress evolves from this black and white linear print on a racer-back bodice into an explosion of colour and texture in a voluminous asymmetric skirt," Katrantzou told Vogue.

Australian actress and President of the Jury Cate Blanchett poses as she arrives on May 10, 2018 for the screening of the film
Australian actress and President of the Jury Cate Blanchett poses as she arrives on May 10, 2018 for the screening of the film "Cold War (Zimna Wojna)" at the 71st edition of the Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, southern France. / AFP PHOTO / Valery HACHEVALERY HACHE/AFP/Getty Images

"I have admired Cate for her immense talent, intellect and grace for many years and have always thought of her as the epitome of the woman I aspire to design for."

This year's festival has a distinctly more thoughtful atmosphere - in a post-Weinstein film industry, after the #MeToo movement, there is more of a focus on female representation, not only in the films they feature in, but behind the scenes as well.

In particular, she was queried about the fact that out of the 21 films competing, only three were directed by women.

"A few years ago there were only two, and I know the selection committee has more women on board than in previous years, which will obviously change the lens through which the films are chosen," she told a press conference earlier this week.

"But these things are not going to happen overnight...would I like to see more women in competition? Absolutely. Do I expect and hope that is going to happen in the future? I hope so.”

For all the must-see red carpet looks at Cannes, check out our gallery below:

Red Carpet Arrivals - Cannes, France, May 12, 2018. Kendall Jenner poses. REUTERS/Stephane Mahe
Red Carpet Arrivals - Cannes, France, May 12, 2018. Kendall Jenner poses. REUTERS/Stephane Mahe
Red Carpet Arrivals - Cannes, France, May 12, 2018 - Kendall Jenner arrives. REUTERS/Regis Duvignau
Red Carpet Arrivals - Cannes, France, May 12, 2018. Kendall Jenner arrives. REUTERS/Jean-Paul Pelissier
Red Carpet Arrivals - Cannes, France, May 12, 2018 - Hailey Baldwin poses. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard
Model Bella Hadid attends the screening of "Blackkklansman" during the 71st annual Cannes Film Festival at Palais des Festivals on May 14, 2018 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Vittorio Zunino Celotto/Getty Images for Kering)
Jane Fonda attends the screening of "Blackkklansman" during the 71st annual Cannes Film Festival at Palais des Festivals on May 14, 2018 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Francois Durand/Getty Images)
Actress Jane Fonda is seen on her way to attend the screening of "Blackkklansman" during the 71st annual Cannes Film Festival at on May 14, 2018 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images)
Cate Blanchett attends the Trophee Chopard during the 71st annual Cannes Film Festival at Hotel Martinez on May 14, 2018 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images for Chopard)
US model Bella Hadid poses as she arrives on May 14, 2018 for the screening of the film "BlacKkKlansman" at the 71st edition of the Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, southern France. / AFP PHOTO / Alberto PIZZOLIALBERTO PIZZOLI/AFP/Getty Images
Australian actress and President of the Jury Cate Blanchett poses as she arrives on May 14, 2018 for the screening of the film "BlacKkKlansman" at the 71st edition of the Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, southern France. / AFP PHOTO / Alberto PIZZOLIALBERTO PIZZOLI/AFP/Getty Images
US model Bella Hadid poses as she arrives on May 14, 2018 for the screening of the film "BlacKkKlansman" at the 71st edition of the Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, southern France. / AFP PHOTO / Alberto PIZZOLIALBERTO PIZZOLI/AFP/Getty Images
Model Irina Shayk attends the screening of "Sorry Angel (Plaire, Aimer Et Courir Vite)" during the 71st annual Cannes Film Festival at Palais des Festivals on May 10, 2018 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images)
British model Naomi Campbell poses as she arrives on May 14, 2018 for the screening of the film "BlacKkKlansman" at the 71st edition of the Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, southern France. / AFP PHOTO / LOIC VENANCELOIC VENANCE/AFP/Getty Images
US actress and member of the Feature Film Jury Kristen Stewart arrives on May 14, 2018 for the screening of the film "BlacKkKlansman" at the 71st edition of the Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, southern France. / AFP PHOTO / Valery HACHEVALERY HACHE/AFP/Getty Images
Australian actress and President of the Jury Cate Blanchett arrives on May 14, 2018 for the screening of the film "BlacKkKlansman" at the 71st edition of the Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, southern France. / AFP PHOTO / Valery HACHEVALERY HACHE/AFP/Getty Images
Australian actress and President of the Jury Cate Blanchett poses as she arrives on May 10, 2018 for the screening of the film "Cold War (Zimna Wojna)" at the 71st edition of the Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, southern France. / AFP PHOTO / Valery HACHEVALERY HACHE/AFP/Getty Images
Australian actress and President of the Jury Cate Blanchett arrives on May 10, 2018 for the screening of the film "Cold War (Zimna Wojna)" at the 71st edition of the Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, southern France. / AFP PHOTO / Antonin THUILLIERANTONIN THUILLIER/AFP/Getty Images
US model Bella Hadid poses for photographers on May 10, 2018 during a promotional event on a private beach at the 71st edition of the Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, southern France. / AFP PHOTO / Yann COATSALIOUYANN COATSALIOU/AFP/Getty Images
Julianne Moore arrives on May 8, 2018 for the screening of the film "Todos Lo Saben (Everybody Knows)" and the opening ceremony of the 71st edition of the Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, southern France. / AFP PHOTO / LOIC VENANCELOIC VENANCE/AFP/Getty Images
Irina Shayk poses as she arrives on May 9, 2018 for the screening of the film "Yomeddine" at the 71st edition of the Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, southern France. / AFP PHOTO / Alberto PIZZOLIALBERTO PIZZOLI/AFP/Getty Images
Romee Strijd (L) and the president, owner and founder of de GRISOGONO Fawaz Gruosi pose as they arrive on May 8, 2018 for the screening of the film "Todos Lo Saben (Everybody Knows)" and the opening ceremony of the 71st edition of the Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, southern France. / AFP PHOTO / Alberto PIZZOLI
US actress Julianne Moore poses as she arrives on May 9, 2018 for the screening of the film "Yomeddine" at the 71st edition of the Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, southern France. / AFP PHOTO / Antonin THUILLIERANTONIN THUILLIER/AFP/Getty Images
Irina Shayk poses as she arrives on May 9, 2018 for the screening of the film "Yomeddine" at the 71st edition of the Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, southern France. / AFP PHOTO / Valery HACHEVALERY HACHE/AFP/Getty Images
Penelope Cruz poses on May 9, 2018 during a photocall for the film "Todos Lo Saben (Everybody Knows)" at the 71st edition of the Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, southern France. / AFP PHOTO / LOIC VENANCELOIC VENANCE/AFP/Getty Images
Spanish actress Penelope Cruz (L) and Spanish actor Javier Bardem pose on May 9, 2018 during a photocall for the film "Todos Lo Saben (Everybody Knows)" at the 71st edition of the Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, southern France. / AFP PHOTO / Anne-Christine POUJOULATANNE-CHRISTINE POUJOULAT/AFP/Getty Images
Penelope Cruz poses on May 9, 2018 during a photocall for the film "Todos Lo Saben (Everybody Knows)" at the 71st edition of the Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, southern France. / AFP PHOTO / LOIC VENANCELOIC VENANCE/AFP/Getty Images
Penelope Cruz poses on May 9, 2018 during a photocall for the film "Todos Lo Saben (Everybody Knows)" at the 71st edition of the Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, southern France. / AFP PHOTO / Anne-Christine POUJOULATANNE-CHRISTINE POUJOULAT/AFP/Getty Images
Penelope Cruz poses on May 9, 2018 during a photocall for the film "Todos Lo Saben (Everybody Knows)" at the 71st edition of the Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, southern France. / AFP PHOTO / LOIC VENANCELOIC VENANCE/AFP/Getty Images
Australian actress and President of the Jury Cate Blanchett arrives on stage on May 8, 2018 during the opening ceremony of the 71st edition of the Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, southern France. / AFP PHOTO / Alberto PIZZOLIALBERTO PIZZOLI/AFP/Getty Images
Australian actress and President of the Jury Cate Blanchett arrives on stage on May 8, 2018 during the opening ceremony of the 71st edition of the Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, southern France. / AFP PHOTO / Alberto PIZZOLIALBERTO PIZZOLI/AFP/Getty Images
Australian actress and President of the Jury Cate Blanchett poses as she arrives on May 8, 2018 for the screening of their film "Todos Lo Saben (Everybody Knows)" and the opening ceremony of the 71st edition of the Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, southern France. / AFP PHOTO / LOIC VENANCELOIC VENANCE/AFP/Getty Images
Australian actress and President of the Jury Cate Blanchett poses as she arrives on May 8, 2018 for the screening of the film "Todos Lo Saben (Everybody Knows)" and the opening ceremony of the 71st edition of the Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, southern France. / AFP PHOTO / Alberto PIZZOLIALBERTO PIZZOLI/AFP/Getty Images
Julianne Moore poses as she arrives on May 8, 2018 for the screening of the film "Todos Lo Saben (Everybody Knows)" and the opening ceremony of the 71st edition of the Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, southern France. / AFP PHOTO / Valery HACHEVALERY HACHE/AFP/Getty Images
Julianne Moore smiles as she arrives on May 8, 2018 for the screening of the film "Todos Lo Saben (Everybody Knows)" and the opening ceremony of the 71st edition of the Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, southern France. / AFP PHOTO / Alberto PIZZOLIALBERTO PIZZOLI/AFP/Getty Images
Australian actress and President of the Jury Cate Blanchett leaves after she attended on May 8, 2018 a press conference ahead of the opening of the 71st edition of the Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, southern France. / AFP PHOTO / Laurent EMMANUELLAURENT EMMANUEL/AFP/Getty Images
Australian actress and President of the Jury Cate Blanchett poses on May 8, 2018 during photocall ahead of the opening of the 71st edition of the Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, southern France. / AFP PHOTO / Valery HACHEVALERY HACHE/AFP/Getty Images
Julianne Moore departs the Martinez Hotel during the 71st annual Cannes Film Festival at on May 9, 2018 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images)
Julianne Moore departs the Martinez Hotel during the 71st annual Cannes Film Festival at on May 9, 2018 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images)
Penelope Cruz attends at Albane by Costes, JW Marriott Rooftop on May 9, 2018 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Tristan Fewings/Getty Images for Chanel)
Kristen Steward attends at Albane by Costes, JW Marriott Rooftop on May 9, 2018 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Tristan Fewings/Getty Images for Chanel)
Julianne Moore attends the Chopard Gentleman's Evening at Hotel Martinez on May 9, 2018 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images for Chopard)
Model Irina Shayk attends the screening of "Yomeddine" during the 71st annual Cannes Film Festival at Palais des Festivals on May 9, 2018 in Cannes, France. (Photo by John Phillips/Getty Images)
Julianne Moore attends the screening of "Yomeddine" during the 71st annual Cannes Film Festival at Palais des Festivals on May 9, 2018 in Cannes, France. (Photo by John Phillips/Getty Images)
Irina Shayk attends the screening of "Yomeddine" during the 71st annual Cannes Film Festival at Palais des Festivals on May 9, 2018 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)
Penelope Cruz wearing jewels by Atelier Swarovski Fine Jewelry attends the press conference for "Everybody Knows (Todos Lo Saben)" during the 71st annual Cannes Film Festival at Palais des Festivals on May 9, 2018 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Getty Images/Getty Images)
Penelope Cruz, wearing jewels by Atelier Swarovski Fine Jewelry, and Benicio del Toro attend the photocall for "Everybody Knows (Todos Lo Saben)" during the 71st annual Cannes Film Festival at Palais des Festivals on May 9, 2018 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Emma McIntyre/Getty Images)
Jury president Cate Blanchett arrives at the Gala dinner during the 71st annual Cannes Film Festival at Palais des Festivals on May 8, 2018 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)
Jury member Kristen Stewart attends the Opening Ceremony during the 71st annual Cannes Film Festival at Palais des Festivals on May 8, 2018 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)
Julianne Moore and Cannes Film Festival Director Thierry Fremaux attend the screening of "Everybody Knows (Todos Lo Saben)" and the opening gala during the 71st annual Cannes Film Festival at Palais des Festivals on May 8, 2018 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Tristan Fewings/Getty Images)
Julianne Moore attends the screening of "Everybody Knows (Todos Lo Saben)" and the opening gala during the 71st annual Cannes Film Festival at Palais des Festivals on May 8, 2018 in Cannes, France. (Photo by John Phillips/Getty Images)
Kristen Stewart attends the screening of "Everybody Knows (Todos Lo Saben)" and the opening gala during the 71st annual Cannes Film Festival at Palais des Festivals on May 8, 2018 in Cannes, France. (Photo by John Phillips/Getty Images)
Jury president Cate Blanchett walks onstage at the Opening Ceremony during the 71st annual Cannes Film Festival at Palais des Festivals on May 8, 2018 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)
Jury member Kristen Stewart walks onstage at the Opening Ceremony during the 71st annual Cannes Film Festival at Palais des Festivals on May 8, 2018 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)
Julianne Moore attends the screening of "Everybody Knows (Todos Lo Saben)" and the opening gala during the 71st annual Cannes Film Festival at Palais des Festivals on May 8, 2018 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Vittorio Zunino Celotto/Getty Images for Kering)
Romee Strijd attends the screening of "Everybody Knows (Todos Lo Saben)" and the opening gala during the 71st annual Cannes Film Festival at Palais des Festivals on May 8, 2018 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)
Fawaz Gruosi and Romee Strijd attend the screening of "Everybody Knows (Todos Lo Saben)" and the opening gala during the 71st annual Cannes Film Festival at Palais des Festivals on May 8, 2018 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)

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