Vintage? No, further back: Fan Bingbing's nostalgic nod to Ancient China on Cannes red carpet

The Associated Press
May 17, 2012

CANNES, France - There's vintage fashion and there's ancient fashion — and Chinese actress Fan Bingbing tapped into the latter for the opening of the Cannes Film Festival.

The Chinese actress wore an elegant pale strapless gown by her friend Christopher Bu, decorated with bright floral designs and traditional Ting dynasty stories. Inspired by a porcelain vase, the ancient vibe of her dress was complimented by her hair, which was pinned to look like a young girl from the Tang dynasty.

Fan says she selected the look of these long-gone eras because she didn't want "normal, elegant" red carpet attire for the festival's famous steps. She wanted "something special."

Fan wore her China tribute to the world premiere of Wes Anderson's "Moonrise Kingdom," which opened the film festival on Wednesday night.