Marion Cotillard first came to our (or at least my) attention with her appearance in films like ‘La Vie En Rose,’ ‘Big Fish’ and ‘Inception.’
Her frequent presence on the international red carpet circuit saw her quickly land a contract with Dior in 2008, where she was go on to wear the brand until 2015.
Her last red carpet look in Dior came at the British Independent Film Awards.
Then, much to our surprise – and without any announcement – us eagle-eyed fashion watchers did a double take when the long-time Dior spokesperson showed up to her Cannes Film Festival opening night premiere of ‘Ismael’s Ghosts’ wearing a Jean Paul Gaultier Haute Couture dress.
I mean, it wasn’t a stretch to see Marion in Jean Paul Gaultier as she often wore other French designers; but being an ambassador on a global stage it was perplexing to say the very least.
It had been reported that new [at the time] creative director Maria Grazia Chiuri, wanted a newer, younger face for her reimagined brand.
Many of you were rejoicing the end of this era, mostly because you felt her non-Dior moments saw a more creative side to her style, or as many would put it…her “real style.”
Who can forget how she introduced the world to the sequin-loving Halpern?
But it would be remiss of me not to point out that one of your least favourite looks from Marion was when wore Balmain and Ludovic de Saint Sernin during Cannes Film Festival last year.
Looking back over her style file, it’s clear that I could also do another one of these with Marion’s “not-so-great Dior moments”, and her “non Dior moments,” and that her best period in Dior was pre-2013 when she went from Magnifique To Tragique.
1. Marion Cotillard In Christian Dior – 2009 ‘The Model as Muse: Embodying Fashion’ Met Gala
Usually I only go back the last ten years as that is when I started this site, but I was really struggling to get to 10, so I included this pale pink strapless Dior dress Marion made her Costume Institute Gala debut in. This look showed off her figure to perfection, and appeared made for her.
I really loved the Parisian elegance of this Christian Dior look, even if I did feel that the necklaces were overkill at the time.
Before sheer dresses became a trend you all despised, Marion graced the 2012 Met Gala in this sensual number from the Dior Spring 2012 Haute Couture collection. I still wish she had kept the dramatic cape from the runway, but it took my breath-away nonetheless.
I adore everything about this Dior Haute Couture look. It was regal, elegant; impossible to upstage. The very embodiment of a Cannes Film Festival look.
When it comes to Marion and Dior, this for me was a perfect marriage of Parisian elegance, and modernity.
I really wish this level had been maintained through-out, as this is easily my favourite look on this list.
It’s not like me to have more than one black look in a list like this, unless I’m talking about Angelina Jolie of course, but the previous one was part navy.
Sometimes, simple is best. Raf wasn’t known for his minimalist approach but this was look all about paying homage to Dior’s iconic Bar jacket.
I know many of you weren’t the biggest fan of the Dior Raf era, but I would say this was also one of my favourites from Marion in Dior.
From the colour, to the billowing drape that took this into style-forward territory…what’s not to love?
Even on a night where Andrea Riseborough also wore yellow, Marion still stood out.
The statement necklace threw a lot of people off this look, but I feel like it gave the look a unique twist enabling her to tie in the bold red shoes.
This look would have been boring without those added accessories.
It was another case of the shoes saving the look for me.
This was probably Marion’s last glory moment in Dior Haute Couture at Cannes Film Festival.
Yes, the fit is a bit off, but conceptually this is beautiful.