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Weird and wonderful gowns from the Venice film festival

  • Space age

    All eyes were on Sandra Bullock at the Palazzo del Cinema when she appeared with George Clooney to present their new 3D sci-fi film, Gravity, which opened the festival. Clooney and Bullock joked and clowned as they posed for photos on the red carpet, with Clooney opting for a simple black tuxedo and bow tie. (Getty Images)

  • In the red

    Making a greater impact than her co-star, Bullock wore a show-stopping scarlet, J Mendel bustier gown with a high-low hemline, and chunky black Roger Vivier heels. (Getty Images)

  • The scarlet letter

    Bullock wasn’t alone in opting for a vibrant hue. Yvonne Scio attended the opening dinner at the Hotel Excelsior in a floor-sweeping, multi-strapped red number. Italian writer Countess Marina Ripa di Meana turned heads in her eccentric get-up – a birdcage headdress accessorised with a bright ruby feather boa. (Getty Images)

  • Wish upon a star

    Tiziana Rocca wore a black and cream bustier gown – its large star motif somewhat reminiscent of the classic superhero, Wonderwoman. (Getty Images)

  • Green goddess

    Italian model Fiammetta Cicogna arrived for the opening ceremony at the Venice Lido in a simple, low-cut frock in a striking, moss-green shade. (Getty Images)

  • Banana split

    Brazilian model and actress Natalia Borges showed off her pins in a yellow dress with two splits that reach way beyond the customary thigh, right to her hips, revealing a contrasting lilac interior. (EPA)

  • Shed a tier

    Actress Eva Riccobono, the evening’s mistress of ceremonies, wore an elegant, multi-tiered gown in nude from Armani Privé. (Getty Images)

  • Wristy business

    The festival hostess (detail) accessorised with a delicate Jaeger-Lecoultre Vintage Couvercle watch. (Getty Images for Jaeger-Lecoultre)

  • Back to black

    Jury member Haifa al-Mansour demonstrated the enduring appeal of black, wearing an intricately-detailed black and flesh-coloured gown coupled with a flowing black cape. (Getty Images)

  • Black magic

    Liliana Matthaeus opted for a crepe ‘50s-style strapless number with elbow gloves. Israeli model and actress Moran Atias wore a daring sheer gown embellished with black flowers, while Chiara Ferragni paired an intricate beaded sheer black and silver top with drop earrings for a glamorous but elegant red carpet look. (Photo: Getty/EPA/Getty)