A REASON THIS ICON’S A RARE SIGHT IN RED: Penélope Cruz in Chanel Haute Couture
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Penélope Cruz wore a custom Chanel Haute Couture dress for her MoMa moment
Penélope Cruz wore a custom Chanel Haute Couture dress for her MoMa moment
Penélope Cruz picking up the Best Actress prize at the Cannes Film Festival in 2006

Spanish actress Penélope Cruz in a red dress on a red carpet deserves a separate headline from the occasion she chose to wear this striking ensemble. Yes, the event she chose to do so was organised in her honour as New York’s Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) was paying tribute to her film career. But if you are a shrewd observer of the 47-year-old’s red carpet choices in the last two decades, you’d know that wearing red for her is as rare as they come. So why has she taken this moment to do so? Although she didn’t reveal her reasons for picking this colourway, one need only look to that important moment at the Cannes Film Festival in 2006 where she appeared in a dramatic red strapless gown for Pedro Almodóvar’s Volver. On that very occasion, she scooped the Best Actress prize and it changed the trajectory of her career for good. It wouldn’t be a stretch of the imagination to think that wearing a red dress again today is recognition of that full circle moment. That said, her MoMA appearance this time around was orchestrated by Chanel, of which she has been an ambassador for since 2018. Chanel turned an all-black haute couture fit from its fall 2020 collection into red (complete with a crystal-embellished layer) specially for her. Well, anything for an Oscar winner and cinema queen, really.

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