The Scoop on Michelle Williams’ Red Carpet Return: “Memorable and Demure”

05/23/2008 at 11:58 AM ET

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Anyone can buy a dress off the rack, but when Michelle Williams began to ready for her first trip down the red carpet since Heath Ledger‘s death, only something special would do. The actress was radiant in a Chanel Haute Couture lace dress made in 1926 pulled from the house’s archives. Her stylist Cher Coulter tells PEOPLE that they started by “digging through archives to find something memorable and demure.We were honestly inspired by her hair.” And when the dress arrived in New York, “it felt so precious and special and perfect for Michelle. It echoed her effortless sense of style, always keeping things original and elegant.” Her feathered Manolo Blahnik sandals came from Jeffrey New York — Coulter describes them as “soft and pretty and the perfect color for the dress.” And as for Michelle, she “fell in love with it straight away.” We have too! Click here to see all the glamorous stars at Cannes.

–Reporting by Courtney Rubin

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tina on

As much as I think Michelle Williams is beautiful, this dress ages her!!! She looks at least 60 and like the mother of the bride. The color is very pretty, but style is off! Chanel or not!

Julie on

That dress is classically stunning vintage Chanel, and Michelle pulls it off splendidly. Her hair is perfect for it, too.

Michelle, welcome back to the spotlight. You’ve been missed.

Jonathan Bodack on

The dresses Michelle William’s wore to the Cannes film festival were all pretty, you go girl, etc.

alanaa on

i agree she looks older with this dress.

Caroline on

I agree she looks older with the dress, but still looks beautiful. Her hair looks wonderful. I just cutt off all of my hair for locks of love. The woman at the salon cut off four more inches than I wanted her to. Now my hair is really short and I compleetly feel like a man. I reallt need help. anyone with any tips for me please, let me know at .

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