Now in its 69th year, the great and good of the cinematic world have always flocked to the French Riviera in an annual pilgrimage to celebrate the Cannes Film Festival. Away from the heady heights of Hollywood and marooned by the European coast, the movers and shakers of the silver screen present their forthcoming projects by day and party hard by night.

From the bygone luxury of Diana Dors and Elizabeth Taylor's dripping diamonds to the infamous bikini clad parties aboard designer Roberto Cavalli's yacht and AMFAR's galas filled with notoriously scantily-clad guests, Cannes is a haven for dressing up, down or not at all.

Whilst there are always great views to be had across the Boulevard de la Croisette and on the beach, the real magic happens on the long, undulating red carpet outside the Palais des Festivals et des Congrès where battalions of photographers clamber upon each other to get the best shots of couture gowns worn by the A-list glamazons.

With the likes of Blake Lively, George Clooney, Victoria Beckham and Bella Hadid having already in town, the festival is set to be one of the most stylish in years and hopefully with just as many memorable moments from the past.

In celebration of the latest Cannes Film Festival, IBTimes UK looks back at some of the most stylish moments in Cannes history.

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1956: Diana Dors poses in a mink coat and bejewelled silk one-pieceGetty
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1950s: Elizabeth Taylor in full regalia including tiara and cashmere wrap with then husband, producer Mike ToddGetty
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1959: Sophia Loren poses on the window ledge of her hotel in Cannes in a cinched cotton sundress as she promotes the film Nella città l'inferno (aka Caged), directed by Renato CastellaniGetty
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1967: Vanessa Redgrave poses in a graphic print mini-dress and fishnet tights as she attends Cannes to promote her film 'Blow Up'.Getty
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1969: Cannes icon Jane Birkin relaxes in a lace crop-top and white jeans with then husband Serge GainsbourgGetty
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1972: Alfred Hitchcock arrives by bicycle on the CroisetteGetty
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Circa 1973: (L-R) Helen Mirren looks incredible in a cropped silk bomber as she joins Malcolm McDowell, Alan Price (on the piano), Lindsay Anderson, Rachel Roberts and Miroslav Ondricek in a chorus during the festivalGetty
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1974: Jack Nicholson and Angelica Huston hit the Boulevard in classic seventies style. Nicholson won the festival's Best Actor award for his performance as a military policeman in the film 'The Last Detail'Getty
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1974: Charlotte Rampling relaxes with a cigarette in high -waisted jeans and aviators at the 29th edition of CannesGetty
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1976: Playwright Tennessee Williams (L) looks dapper in a classic tuxedo as he joins actress Natalie Wood and actor Robert WagnerGetty
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1979: Michael Douglas poses bright-eyed in a white jacket and loosely buttoned shirtGetty
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1977: Arnold Schwarzenegger promotes bodybuilding documentary Pumping Iron, posing with the famous girls from the Folies BergereGetty
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1978: Farah Fawcett in a relaxed off-shoulder cotton dress looking relaxed and sun-kissedGetty
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1983: David Bowie during the press conference presenting the Japanese movie 'Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence' directed by Nagisa Oshima (centre)Getty
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French actress Emmanuelle Béart poses with her father, French singer Guy Beart, at the 38th Cannes film festivalGetty
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Veteran actor Sir Alec Guinness is joined by Princess Diana at a gala dinner. In a nod to Elizabeth Taylor's bygone style, Diana opts for dangling diamond earrings and a silk white gownGetty
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1991: Madonna in the infamous Jean Paul Gaultier cone bra and pink high-waisted silk shorts after the screening of her movie 'In Bed with Madonna'Getty
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1995: Red carpet couples, Demi Moore wears a long, red and black print coat next to husband Bruce Willis next to French director Luc Besson and actress Milla Jovovich as they pose for photographers prior the presentation of the film 'The Fifth Element'Getty
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1995: Nicholas Cage relaxing in front of journalists on the Cannes Croisette in a fetching red ensemble and black cowboy bootsGetty
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1995: Sharon Stone flashes the crowd before a screening of 'Unzipped'Getty
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1998: A fresh-faced Kate Moss in a maribou trimmed off-shoulder dress as she accompanies then boyfriend Johnny Depp to the screening of 'Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas'Getty
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1998: Claudia Schiffer and Kate Moss arrive at the Palais des festivals accompanied by the president of the French cosmetic company L'Oreal, Lindsay Owen-Jones for the opening ceremony of the 51st Cannes film festivalGetty

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2001: Actress Lou Doillon looking every inch the insouciant French star in a knotted shirt with red lips at the Palais des Festivals for the screening of 'The Man Who Wasn't There'Getty
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2002: Cameron Diaz opts for a risque sheer dress as she poses with Leonardo Di Caprio before the official screening of director Martin Scorsese's film 'Gangs of New York'Getty
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2003: Monica Belucci walking on stage as an hostess at the opening ceremony for the 56th International Cannes Film FestivalGetty
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2003: Andie McDowell and top French model Noemie Lenoir pose together as they arrive at the Palais des Festivals to attend the opening ceremony of the 56th Cannes film festivalGetty
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2003: Chloe Sevigny poses in high-waisted jeans and tapered shirt with actor Vincent Gallo at the photo call for the controversial film 'Brown Bunny'Getty
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2004: British actress and jury member Tilda Swinton arrives for the opening ceremony at the 57th Cannes International Film Festival looking ethereal in LanvinGetty
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2006: Hello Boys! Model Eva Herzigova poses as she arrives at the Festival Palace to attend the opening ceremony of the 59th Cannes FestivalGetty
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2004: Diane Kruger is unmissable in Dior CoutureGetty
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2015: Actress Fan Bingbing at the Premiere of 'Mad Max: Fury Road' in a dazzling floral Marchesa gownGetty
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2015: Charlize Theron is a stunner in a sunshine yellow Christian Dior Couture at the premiere of 'Mad Max: Fury Road' in CannesGetty