Fan Bing Bing's Controversial Cannes Opening Ceremony Dress

Fan Bing Bing (范冰冰)'s stunning red gown with crane prints was definitely breathtaking at the 64th Cannes Film Festival opening, but that did not come without controversies.

The dress was designed 2 years ago by stylist and upcoming designer, Christopher Bu (卜柯文) and constructed within a span of four months along with 70 other workers. The hand-embroidered dress featured cranes and different patterns including plum blossoms, orchids, bamboo, chrysanthemum.

Fan Bing Bing (范冰冰) had to go through a diet to fit the dress which was designed a size smaller to highlight her bodyshape.

"The fit was tight and I was awfully hungry, the movie theater was also stuffy. Halfway through the film, I had to go out and nearly fainted," says Fan.

A Shanghai French Culture forum noted that the crane is considered an evil animal in French culture. While the crane symbolizes good fortune and longevity in Chinese culture, the evil crane is a symbol of stupidity and immorality. In French, the word for crane, "grue", also means "slut" or "hooker". In view of this, the forum's editor said that this gown for the Cannes Film Festival was not the most appropriate choice. - Source: Yellow Cranes Tower,

Regardless of the controversies, I thought she looked wonderfully stunning. How many times do you see a celebrity wearing a traditional outfit of their own culture?