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Sophia Loren’s Most Stylish Moments

10/08/2019

At this point, it’s practically redundant to call Sophia Loren a bombshell. From the moment she landed a five-movie contract with Paramount in 1958, the Oscar winner became virtually synonymous with Italian glamour, whether she was dominating the red carpet as a 21-year-old at Cannes or playing a lingerie-draped siren opposite leading men such as Cary Grant and Marlon Brando. Now 84-years-old, the eternal symbol of la dolce vita is back on set for the first time in a decade for a lead role in her son’s film The Life Ahead, an adaptation of a French novel by Romain Gary. As she prepares to return to the big screen, look back at some of her greatest style moments from the Golden Age of Hollywood – featuring belted Pierre Balmain dresses and custom Dior suits by Marc Bohan.

In a custom Dior gown on the set of 1966’s Arabesque
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Surrounded by monogrammed Fendi suitcases in a 1972 shoot for Vogue with Henry Clarke
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In front of case after case of luggage while wearing a sleeveless, lace-trimmed dress in 1955, shortly after she signed her life-changing contract with Paramount
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A 21-year-old Loren in a dramatic bustier gown and statement necklace for a photocall at Cannes in 1955
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Photographed at home in her bedroom in 1957
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On the Italian riviera in 1965
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Asleep between takes on the set of 1957’s Legend of the Lost, shot in the Libyan desert
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Wearing a belted leather dress by Pierre Balmain on the set of 1960’s The Millionairess
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In character as a Neopolitan prostitute for 1964’s Marriage Italian Style
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Emerging from the sea on location in Hydra while filming 1957’s Boy On A Dolphin
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Carrying a favourite Gucci handbag in 1961
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In her signature dark glasses and a wide-brimmed hat while shooting 1966’s Judith in Israel
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Embracing flower power and knee socks in 1970’s The Priest’s Wife
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On the set of Houseboat, in which she starred opposite lover Cary Grant, in 1958
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Playing a Russian aristocrat in A Countess from Hong Kong (1966), co-starring Marlon Brando and directed by Charlie Chaplin
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In period costume as the Becky Sharp-esque Lady Lendale in 1965’s Lady L
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Making the case for colour-blocking on the set of 1979’s Firepower, shot on location in the Caribbean
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Overlooking the Grand Canal in 1955 while wearing a cream embroidered dress on the balcony of a Byzantine palazzo
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From British Vogue

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