Natalie Portman Re-Created This Iconic Dior Dress Moment 74 Years Later

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Natalie Portman was the perfect person to re-create one of Dior’s most famous designs at the Cannes Film Festival. On May 20, the actor walked the red carpet in a strapless dress inspired by an iconic Dior gown originally released 74 years ago. Reimagined by the fashion house’s current creative director, Maria Grazia Chiuri, Portman’s version featured a white sequin bodice and layered skirt covered with midnight blue embellishments. Styled by Ryan Hastings, she accessorized the show-stopping number with Chopard diamond drop earrings and silver eyeshadow for the premiere of her film “May December.”

Christian Dior initially crafted the dress for his fall 1949 collection, naming it “Junon” in reference to the Roman goddess, Juno (along with a sister dress he called “Venus”). While the original design is preserved in The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute collection, according to British Vogue, the inspiration is evident in the dark blue glitter lining the skirt, almost resembling petals or peacock feathers, for which Juno is known.

Other celebrities have worn renditions of the Junon dress through the years, including Miley Cyrus, who attended the 2009 Oscars in a similar sleeveless gown with a deep V-neckline. But Portman’s just might be the closest copy of the original. “It’s sooo beautifully done i’m speechless,” one Twitter user wrote, while other fans expressed gratitude that Portman wore a re-creation instead of risking any damage to the original historic garment. Read on to see how Portman made the legendary design all her own at Cannes.

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