Fantastic Voyage

from InStyle (US) / by Julia Kelly

A stunning actress, a striking Morokkan landscape and six remarkable dresses. Marion Cotillard gives new meaning o desert bloom

It’s impossible to imagine the luminous Marion Cotillard blending quietly into the background – after all, the shimmering, mermaid-inspired Gaultier that she wore to the 2008 Academy Awards made an impression as immediate and indelible as the career-changing performance that got her there. But the 33-year-old star, who earned her best actress Oscar by embodying Edith Piaf in La Vie en Rose, insists that there was a time when she hesitated to dress to impress. “I was afraid to look pretty when I was younger,” she says. “I thought that it was superficial. But now I know that feeling beautiful makes me more confident and that it’s a good thing. I can finally appreciate dressing up.” Cotillard cites both Greta Garbo and Louise Brooks as her style icons – she loves “looks from the ’20s and ’30s reinvented for our time.” It’s a period she visits in Public Enemies as the love interest of Depression-era gangster John Dillinger, played by Johnny Depp. And this fall she’ll appear alongside Penélope Cruz, Kate Hudson and Sophia Loren in Nine. “I get to sing and dance,” she reports. For a girl who grew up watching American musicals, the part is a dream come true. “This,” she says, “was all I wanted.”

White Heat

“Now that I work with Dior, I’ve learned how [John] Galliano uses fabric,” says the actress, who fronted the fashion house’s most recent acessory campaign. “He cuts it in a way that makes the pieces very special.”

Screen Queen

“This dress is very cinematic. I would wear it on the red carpet, or I could see myself in it while playing a femme fatale.”

Before Sunset

“I used to have a lot of fabric from Indian shops,” recalls Cotillard. “It was always pink and gold – I love those two colors together.”

French Connection

“This dress reminds me of the story about Pierrot. He is a sad clown wit big sleeves, a big collar and ruffles with black buttons,” says the Parisian actress. “It’s very French!”

Rainbow Bright

“I don’t know that I’m a fashion risk taker, but I love to be surprised by something that I didn’t think would work for me.”

Silver Lining

“I love beautiful things, and I see these dresses as a kind of painting.”

On Location

InStyle followed Cotillard to the Moroccan set of The Last Flight – a French film about two aviators. Our crew took a seven-hour flight and a five-hour car ride to reach her, but as these pages prove, it was more than worth it.


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