STYLE EVOLUTION

The Style Files of Gillian Anderson

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Gillian Anderson

From the original The X-Files series to The Crown, Gillian Anderson has enjoyed a long career in the spotlight. And for just about the entire time that the television star has been a household name, Anderson’s sense of style has remained classic and chic. From sultry gowns to simple menswear moments, Anderson’s red carpet looks never disappoint, and whether she’s playing a British Prime Minister or a sex positive therapist, her sense of humor remains in tact as well. In honor of her 53rd birthday, here are her best looks from 1996 to today.

1995
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At the New York Film Festival in 1995, newcomer Gillian Anderson seemed to intuit that someday orange would be the new black.

1996
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In 1996, Anderson—still a freshman on the red carpet— was nominated for her first Emmy award.

1996
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In 1996, the actress also attended what was just the second annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, wearing a black velvet gown.

1997
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Anderson’s airport style was just as chic (albeit much more casual) as her red carpet looks in 1997.

1997
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At the Golden Globe Awards in 1997, Anderson hit the carpet in a plunging nude number accessorized with arm-candy and boyfriend David Duchovny. The combo was as winning as her performance—she left with her first Golden Globe.

1997
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Later that year, Anderson swept her second win at the Emmy Awards—her train growing with her star status.

1997
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Anderson went for a fuzzy casual sweater—a very ‘90s look—paired with pearls for a celebration of the 100th episode of The X-Files.

1998
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Anderson vamped it up in 1998—hoping to snatch her second win in a row at the Golden Globes. While she didn’t go home with the prize, her pointed neckline left a lasting impression.

1998
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When The X-Files received a film treatment, Anderson arrived at the premiere’s red carpet in a bright red gown.

1999
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Her structured neckline made a comeback at the 1999 Screen Actors Guild Awards—where the actress hoped to pick up an award for The X-Files. Her matching jewelry was a refined addition to the look.

1999
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At the 56th Annual Golden Globes, Anderson arrived in a lilac gown.

1999
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Anderson kept it glam in a dark green gown for the 1999 SAG Awards.

2000
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Some very Aughts shades made their way to Anderson’s red carpet look at the Blockbuster Entertainment Awards in 2000.

2003
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After almost a decade on the air, Anderson switched up her hair 2003—opting for a golden hue. In this chocolate turtleneck she looked decidedly more Annie Hall than Rita Hayworth.

2008
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By 2008, the red head was back to her natural color. A mother-to-be, Anderson sheathed her baby bump in a capped navy dress that set off her fiery locks.

2011
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Refining her style with age—Anderson opted for some show-stopping earrings when dressing up a simple black gown in 2011.

2015
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Anderson returned to center stage as a platinum bombshell—arriving at the 2015 Glamour Women of the Year Awards in a caped gown.

2016
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Before she would be cast as Margaret Thatcher, Anderson attended the world premiere of The Crown in 2016 wearing a burgundy gown.

2017
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A menswear moment at the 67th Berlinale International Film Festival/

2018
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Anderson shimmered in silver as she received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2018.

2020
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At the Golden Globes, Anderson wore a simple yet chic white gown with an off-the-shoulder draping.

2020
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Gillian Anderson wore a metallic gown with puffed sleeves to the premiere of season 2 of Sex Education in 2020.

2020
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Wearing a sleeveless black gown, Anderson attends the EE British Academy Film Awards 2020 at Royal Albert Hall on February 02, 2020 in London, England.