DESSANGE, Official Hairdresser of the Cannes Film Festival for more than 35 years!
In a few days, the Croisette and the city of Cannes will welcome stars from all over the world for a very special event: the Cannes International Film Festival. The high mass of cinema will bring together for 12 days in the south of France hundreds of celebrities, all of whom have come to attend the screenings of the films in competition.
And like every year for more than 35 years, Maison DESSANGE, Official Partner of the Cannes Film Festival, will have the chance to do the hair of the celebrities who will walk on the Red Carpet at the Cannes Palais des Congrès. The opportunity to take stock of this unique partnership established over time and which, each year, allows the DESSANGE House to show the whole world the extent of its know-how!
Why DESSANGE has been the Official Hairdressing Partner of the Festival de Cannes for over 30 years?
The story of DESSANGE at the Cannes Film Festival begins in the 1950s with the arrival of Corinne de Boissière, wife of Mr. Dessange, and then press secretary of Brigitte Bardot. Convinced of the importance of bringing glamor and dreams to the Festival, she took with her, a short time later, a DESSANGE hairdresser from the famous Champs-Elysées salon to put the stars in beauty. THEa Maison then unofficially supports the talents of this cinematic event.
Years later, when official partnerships begin to emerge, Maison DESSANGE becomes the first and only Official Hairdressing Partner. From then on, a team of studio hairdressers flies every May to the Croisette to accompany the stars during the fortnight by providing them with DESSANGE know-how and elegance.
How many studio hairdressers roam the corridors of luxury hotels to style the stars?
Much more than what you think … so that each star is sure to find, among the twenty DESSANGE studio hairdressers, the one who will meet his expectations and his desires to sublimate her during the famous climb of the stairs.
How many appointments are made during the fortnight?
In total, more than 1000 appointments will be honored without fail by the DESSANGE studio team, who came for the occasion. Meetings sometimes start at 8 a.m. (for interviews) and can end after 11 p.m. (for a touch-up before a party organized on the sidelines of the Festival).
How long does a studio hairstylist spend in a star’s suite?
The maximum time to make a cut is 30 minutes. A real artistic challenge for studio hairdressers, especially since the hairstyle is often carried out at the same time as the make-up or the fitting of the dress and the jewelry.
Some unusual anecdotes about the Festival?
Of course, the Festival is endowed each year with its share of surprises, and hallucinating figures. For example, each year, it is not less than 5 kilometers traveled each day by hairdresser, or 300 spray cans of lacquer and 30,000 hairpins used to fix the hairstyles … and this, during the 12 days of the Festival!
But studio hairdressers also have their share of surprises, like this DESSANGE studio dressing table: “I was pregnant during the Festival. One day, Jude Law gave me his seat in his official car !! He loves children and I lived a unique moment.”. Enough to create wonderful memories!
Some mythical hairstyles made by DESSANGE at the Festival?
There is no shortage of mythical hairstyles made by Maison DESSANGE during the Cannes Film Festival. But if we had to keep only 3, we would opt for the Couture Chignon by Scarlett Johansson, the Smooth Ponytail by Bérénice Bejo or the Side-hair by Cara Delevingne.
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