Stylist Camille Seydoux remembers a historic night on La Croisette.

Red carpet steps lead to The Grand Théâtre Lumière, in Cannes, where festival films are shown

The Cannes Film Festival is a really special, but very intense experience.

It’s two long weeks of premieres, press, and parties.

In 2013, I went for the first time with my clients, Adéle Exarchopoulos and my sister Léa Seydoux, actresses whose film Blue Is the Warmest Color premiered there. We spent months preparing — Blue was Adéle’s first big movie; she was only 19 years old at the time.

Blue Is the Warmest Color’s Léa Seydoux, director Abdellatif Kechiche, and Exarchopoulos embrace after winning the Palme d'Or award, photograph by Alberto Pizzoli

Nobody thought the film would win a prize, but after it debuted, the girls were told they had to stay for the awards ceremony, which happens at the end of the festival.

Thankfully, I had already pulled a gown for each of them to wear: Maxime Simoens for Léa, and Gucci for Adéle.

When the jury announced Blue won the Palme d’Or, the festival’s top prize, it was a huge moment.

Léa Seydoux and Exarchopoulos in a still from their award-winning film, Blue Is the Warmest Color, photograph courtesy of Transmission Films

An even bigger surprise was when, for the first time in the festival’s history, the jury presented Léa and Adéle, as actresses, with the award, [along with director Abdellatif Kechiche].

We spent that night celebrating with Steven Spielberg, Nicole Kidman, and other members of the jury.

I was so proud and honored to experience that moment with them. And I couldn’t help but think, ‘I dressed them, I dressed them!’

— as told to The Thick

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Léa Seydoux plants a kiss on the cheek of her co-star, Exarchopoulos, while accepting the festival’s top honor, photograph by Alberto Pizzoli