Olivia Culpo Pairs Vintage Black, Strapless Chanel Gown With a Bold Smokey Eye

The model and reality TV star wrapped up the Cannes Film Festival with an impressive designer look.
Olivia Culpo

Olivia Culpo.

Olivia Culpo always looks glam, but the four-time SI Swimsuit model really hit it out of the park with an ensemble for the Cannes Film Festival. The 31-year-old reality TV star rocked a vintage strapless black Chanel gown from the designer’s fall-winter 1991 collection.

The impressive number featured a button-up bodice and a layered tulle skirt on the lower half. Micaela Erlanger, Culpo’s stylist, paired the dress with minimal jewelry, including a diamond bracelet and statement earrings, and open-toed black heels. Culpo showed off her full look with a collage of Instagram photos on Saturday.

“Until next time Cannes 🌟 FW 1991 @chanelofficial @shrimptoncouture📸 @gabrielccorreia,” the 2020 SI Swimsuit Issue cover model wrote in her caption.

Vintage expert and Shrimpton Couture founder Cherie Balch dove into the history of the gown in her own Instagram post. “Thank you Olivia and [Erlanger] for showing us that great design does indeed stand up to time and can look even better as the world catches up to what was once considered radical and almost scandalous design 🖤,” she wrote.

Culpo’s friends and fans were floored by her timeless designer ensemble.

“Wow,” 2023 SI Swimsuit Issue cover model Brooks Nader wrote in the comments.

“Stunner,” Kristin Cavallari applauded.

“This dress was MEANT for you to wear! It is beyond how I thought it would be on you! So happy you loved it ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️,” Balch added.

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Cara O’Bleness


Cara is a trending news writer/editor for Sports Illustrated Swimsuit. A passionate writer and editor with more than 10 years of experience in print and online media, she loves storytelling and believes that words have the power to change the world. Prior to joining the team, Cara worked as a writer and editor across a number of content verticals, including food, lifestyle, health and wellness, and small business and entrepreneurship. In her free time, Cara loves reading, spending time with her family and making her way through Michigan’s many microbreweries. She is a graduate of Michigan State University's School of Journalism.