The Venice Film Festival Is Actually Happening—Here Are the Best Looks

As you might've imagined, the Venice Film Festival looks a little different this year, but the point is that it's actually happening. In-person and with a red carpet. Strict testing and quarantine guidelines for the attendees, restrictions on international travel due to the pandemic, and fewer American festival entries than usual means that attendees are mostly European this year. But among them are some well-known faces such as jury president Cate Blanchett, Tilda Swinton, and model Taylor Hill. 

Scrolling through the red carpet photos from the festival is a reminder that the COVID-19 pandemic certainly hasn't gone anywhere, as masks are required except when attendees are being photographed (but luckily, the red carpet is huge and outdoors). Perhaps the potential success of this festival is an indicator of how future similar events (i.e. awards shows and movie premieres) will go, but in the meantime, this is the only red carpet eye candy we have at the moment, and it doesn't disappoint.

Keep scrolling to see the best looks from the 2020 Venice Film Festival, and be sure to check back as we'll be adding more through September 12 when the festival concludes.

Opening image: Daniele Venturelli/WireImage


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On Cate Blanchett: Armani Privé dress; Pomellato jewelry


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On Vanessa Kirby: Armani Privé dress


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On Cate Blanchett: Alexander McQueen dress; Pomellato jewelry


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On Isabel May: Valentino dress


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WHO: Tia Taylor


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On Nathalie Emmanuel: Miu Miu top, pants, shoes, and bag


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On Arizona Muse: Alberta Ferretti dress; Bulgari jewelry


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WHO: Mati Diop


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WHO: Raffey Cassidy


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On Maya Hawke: Versace dress


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On Vanessa Kirby: Valentino dress


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On Gia Coppola: Gucci dress


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On Nathalie Emmanuel: Miu Miu dress and shoes


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On Katherine Waterston: Prada dress


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On Maya Hawke: Versace top, skirt, and shoes


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WHO: Vanessa Kirby


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On Katherine Waterston: Gabriela Hearst dress and necklace


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On Cate Blanchett: Alexander McQueen jacket, top, and trousers; Stuart Weitzman shoes; Pomellato jewelry


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On Maty Fall Diba: Etro dress; Pomellato jewelry


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On Gia Coppola: Gucci shoes


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On Cate Blanchett: Antik Batik bag; Gucci sneakers


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On Taylor Hill: Etro dress; Gianvito Rossi shoes; Chopard jewelry


(Image credit: Daniele Venturelli/WireImage)

On Lotte Verbeek: Alberta Ferretti dress; René Caovilla shoes


(Image credit: Daniele Venturelli/WireImage)

On Cate Blanchett: Esteban Cortazar dress; Pomellato jewelry


(Image credit: Daniele Venturelli/WireImage)

On Taylor Hill: Etro dress; Chopard jewelry


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On Tilda Swinton: Chanel top and skirt


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On Elodie: Versace dress


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On Frida Aasen: Alberta Ferretti dress; Crivelli jewelry


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On Cate Blanchett: Giorgio Armani outfit


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On Taylor Hill: Etro shirt, jeans, belt, and bag


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On Tilda Swinton: Loewe bag


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On Cate Blanchett:Giorgio Armani outfit; Clergerie Berlin Shoes ($412)

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Allyson Payer
Senior Editor

Allyson is a senior editor for Who What Wear. She joined the company in 2014 as co-founder Katherine Power's executive assistant and over the years has written hundreds of stories for Who What Wear. Prior to her career in fashion, Allyson worked in the entertainment industry at companies such as Sony Pictures Television. Allyson is now based in Raleigh, North Carolina, and is originally from Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She holds a BFA in theater. Her path to fashion may not have been linear, but based on the number of fashion magazines she collected as a child and young adult, it was meant to be.