Marion Cotillard in Christian Dior

Posted on November 01, 2012

We’ve said it before, but Marion really was born to wear Dior.

Marion Cotillard attends the Harper’s Bazaar Women of the Year Awards in London in Christian Dior.

Christian Dior Spring 2013 Collection/Model: Kinga Rajzak (IMG)

Because we don’t even like this dress all that much (hate the way the skirt meets the bodice, as well as where the skirt meets the bodice), but we think she looks pretty fabulous in it. Although we do hate the white shoes paired with it. And we realize it’s kind of her thing (and we’re starting to sound like a broken record) but the underplayed makeup and hair aren’t really helping the look. Love that necklace, though.

Also, seeing them both at the same event, we think it’s time for Marion and Emily Blunt to play cousins or something. Long-lost sisters. Anything that has them bitchily modeling couture together on a big screen for two hours and we’ll be there.



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  • I think the makeup looks fine, but it really needed slightly sleeker hair.

    • kschwarting

      Yes, especially since it looks like her hair is caught under the necklace.  But the underplayed makeup really just reminds me how beautiful she is naturally.

  • Oh yes, your movie pitch idea is fabulous! I agree with your assessment; ugly, strange dress; sad hair; meh make-up; and I ain’t no lover of white shoes. But the magic of Marion pulls it all together. It’s literally her Frenchy je ne sais quoi.

    • tereliz

      French girls seem to make the messy hair look so chic, when I look like I just ran after the bus. 

  • White shoes? Nah. And the Yoga Mom hair has got to go. It’s not really that great a dress, either. Man, am I on a downer, or what?

    • Anathema_Device

       No, you’re not a downer, I agree.

    • mjude

      i agree too.  is it that kind of day?

      • Maybe so. I know I’m in the post-Halloween slow down, myself

  • The dress makes it look like her boobs are spouting tulle. It’s a most unfortunate placement. She’s beautiful but this dress…eh. I don’t know. 

  • B_C_J

    This beautiful woman has been done a disservice by this ugly dress.  The design of this gown, specifically where and how the skirt meets the bodice, is REALLY unflattering.  She looks thick and in reality she has a divine figure. The hair is also too casual for this outfit especially if you are going to pair it with a diamond necklace.  The makeup could be enhanced as well. This is clearly a misstep.

  • Janet B

    Odd dress

  • I had a moment of insane jealousy last night when Roger Sterling’s daughter was offered a bridal appointment with Dior.  I may need a temporary intermission from my Mad Men marathon. /obsessed

  • SewingSiren

    Normally white shoes with a black dress would set my teeth on edge. But it ain’t so here. Maybe it’s the Frenchness of it all. Damn them.

    • I like it because I think the shoes call back to the diamond necklace. I like the whole thing. She looks pretty, and I totally see the criticism as truth on paper, but as you pointed out, her Frenchitude is working it, so I give it a pass.

  • Prom dress

  • MightyMarshal

    I think she looks borderline shitty, but I’d watch that movie.

  • Mary229

    The hilarious thing is that I sort of hate the entire look.  I don’t like the dress.  I think her hair is sloppy and her make-up looks unfinished.  But I don’t care.  She’s Marion.  I forgive.  That’s kind of how I roll.  The better the actress the more likely I am to forgive.  The lesser the actual talent the less I forgive if I hate your dress.

  • Anathema_Device

    Just say no to tit hankies.

    And white shoes.

  • Rand Ortega

    “we think it’s time for Marion and Emily Blunt to play cousins or
    something. Long-lost sisters. Anything that has them bitchily modeling
    couture together on a big screen for two hours and we’ll be there. ”
    Wouldn’t that be the best movie ever? Like “The Patty Duke Show” but the gals are French & English. & they find out they’re sisters/cousins when they’re competing for the same fashion job?

    Re: the dress. I love it. The bodice, the skirt. It’s so…Audrey. Marion is a little under accessorized but that brings the attention back to the dress. Love the shoes because they’re so not expected for the season & the dress.

    • Introspective

      I’d so watch this movie. Hate everything about the look but love Marion so the wonky dress and cray cray shoe gets a pass. I also want to steal the necklace.

    • kimmeister

      I’m imagining them in yet another remake of Sabrina, only with more of the story time spent in France . . .

  • eowyn_of_rohan

    I really don’t like the dress (I second TLo’s critique of the bodice-skirt junction), but she looks lovely nonetheless.  The necklace is gorgeous.

  • mhleta

    Love the dress in the first three shots. Not as much in the last two. The color is what clinches it for me. Great idea about the movie. “The Devil Wears Christian Dior and Alexander McQueen.”

  • JasmineAM


  • Other than the hair, I love this. 

    Do we have Dior to blame for the red eye shadow trend?  

  • pookiesmom


    Agreed that she and Emily Blunt would make fab relatives in something.

  • MilaXX

    Love her and the only thing I dislike abut this look are the white shoes. That’s a weird dress and she looks great in it.

  • another_laura

    Love your casting recommendations, T Lo!  How great would that be, maybe a post-WWII period piece and they’re both wearing Dior New Look fabulosity.

  • joything

    Bucking the trend, I find the dress “interesting,” which for me is a much higher compliment than “liking.”  It says both “Dior” and “forward,” which don’t often find their way into one dress, especially out of Dior.

    The bodice strikes me as a variation on the Empire shape of waistline-just-under-the-boobs, with a different shape to the bodice (shield; Wonder Woman?) I’d like to see the skirt in a different fabric, that falls and moves more fluidly than tulle.

    And oh, yes, let’s see that movie with Marion and Emily.  Must, must.

  • pattyw

    I realize I’m about to complain about a diamond necklace but…. The placement seems off kilter to me. Like the necklace is too wide or oblong. There’s a certain asymmetry that’s triggering my OCD.

  • kimmeister

    I do like those particular white shoes, just not with that dress.  (I wouldn’t like that dress with anything.)

    •  They actually look silver to me, not white.

  • granddelusion

    Aaargh, the mullet dress. And the tan lines. All bad.

  • l_c_ann

    To me, her smile says she’s looked around the room and knows she’s the best dressed there.

  • Judy_J

    I usually love Dior, but I’m not loving this dress.  Where the skirt and bodice meet, it looks sloppy and poorly made.

  • decormaven

    Love that necklace, but why no earrings? And honestly, if you’re going to wear diamonds near the face, sleek that hair back in a more sophisticated ‘do. 

  • sk8tfan

    I didn’t know Dior did maternity wear.

  • snarkykitten

    the dress is making my skin crawl. it looks like there’s fungsy hair sprouting from her boobs.

  • PrunellaV

    With a bit of adjustment in the bodice, that’d make a hell of a maternity dress.

  • guest2visits

    The hair does seem to need more polish because of the formality of the dress, the necklace.
    The white shoes work, maybe because of their simple elegance. 

  • poggi

    She looks far better than she should in that dress and shoes and with that lackluster hair and makeup.  When someone can still look pretty good with so many wrong choices, I get a a little jealous.  

  • Call me Bee

    Adorable.  I like the white shoes that tie back to the white diamond necklace.  Beautiful. 

  • Trisha26

    She is another of my irrational hates. This dress is just awful (although that necklace is killer, you’re right, TLo) and I’m pretty sure she thinks she looks great.

  • quiltrx

    I do love that necklace!  I wish her hair were a bit more polished-looking, but I’ll let that pass.
    I like the dress in theory, but the undertit-skirt-attachment is just odd.  It would be perfect for a pregnant ladystar, though.

  • I really kind of love this dress though- even the way it meets… 

  • Bitchy fashion sisters separated at birth because of some mix up at the hospital, and one grew up in France as a movie star, and the other grew up in England as a fashion editor, and toss in some sort of Agatha Christie murder plot. Of course this will all be set in the 1930s/1940s.

    • lizlemonglasses

      Yes! Make this happen, Hollywood!

  • slicked sleek hair, smokey eyes and different shoes were what the dress called for… on her, at least. it makes her look tiny compared to the model, so she needed to make up for size with attitude.

  • She is SOOO beautiful!

  • bluefish

    Love the dress.  She looks smashing.  The shoes work because they are balanced by the simple necklace in the same tone.  Bet she looked gorgeous in person wearing all this, messy hair and all.

  • oohsparkley!

    I agree with Tlo’s quibbles and also agree that she is selling it.

  • librarygrrl64

    She’s a naturally beautiful woman, but there’s nothing about this look that I like.

  • ojosazules

    It’s hard to believe this dress is Dior. It’s a mess. The dress, not Mme Cotillard, who manages to look gracious and lovely in spite of it. 

  • She looks so confident and that goes a long way to selling this look

  • Styling is totally off.  I’m not feeling the shoes, the necklace, or the hair.