Angelina Jolie’s Best Red Carpet Looks are Simple and Straightforward

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Though she had already been acting in made-for-television movies and shorts for nearly a decade, Angelina Jolie shot into the public eye with 1999’s Girl, Interrupted—in part because of her Golden Globes appearance that same year in a clingy sequined Randolph Duke gown. The look marked the actor as one to watch on the red carpet. More than two decades later, it’s a status she maintains. Though unfortunately, appearances have been far fewer; it’s only recently that she started stepping in front of the camera instead of behind it—a change that coincided with lockdown. (“I love directing, but I had a change in my family situation that's not made it possible for me to direct for a few years,” she said earlier this year. “I needed to just do shorter jobs and be home more.”) That means Jolie is at long last about to be back—perhaps with more of her usual Ralph & Russo and Atelier Versace. In the meantime, revisit her best looks over the years, here.

2001: Academy Awards
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Looking very early-naughts in a Dolce & Gabanna suit, Jolie experimented with menswear in head-to-toe white.

2004: Academy Awards
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Jolie has always had a penchant for the classic movie star silhouettes, though. They say if you dress the part…

2007: Cannes Film Festival
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Jolie expanded her color palette to canary yellow with a gown by Emanuel Ungaro, upping the glamour with a train and dramatic updo.

2009: BAFTAs
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A hint of that brief flash of color showed up again two years later on the red carpet of the British Academy Film Awards.

2010: The Tourist Premiere

Enter Jolie’s era of Atelier Versace, complete with a separated velvet wrap.

2011: Golden Globes
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Compared to her canary yellow Cannes look, Jolie’s choice of emerald was more sophisticated than flashy.

2011: The Tree of Life Premiere

Twenty-eleven was a colorful year for Jolie, as evidenced here in blood-orange Jenny Packham.

2012: Academy Awards
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More Atelier Versace, and more of Jolie’s go-to: trailing black gowns that are often sleeveless (and, as in this case, by Atelier Versace).

2014: Unbroken Premiere
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Jolie incorporated patterns into her array of sleeveless, trailing array o

2014: Unbroken London Premiere
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Jolie could have been mistaken for a First Lady in her other red-carpet go-to, Ralph & Russo.

2014: BAFTAs

Every actress has a Saint Laurent tux phase, and Jolie’s hit around 2014, in a welcome return to menswear.

2015: WSJ. Innovator Awards

Though she frequently opts for a polished tumble of hair, here, Jolie keeps hair and makeup neutral, pairing a minimalist look with an equally minimalist Tom Ford gown.

Angelina Jolie in Tom Ford at the WSJ. Magazine Innovator Awards in New York, New York, November 2015. Photo by Getty Images.

2015: By The Sea Premiere

Classic, classic Angie returns for the premiere of her directorial effort, again in Atelier Versace. Even after 20 years of red carpets, some things never change.

2017: Faces, Places Premiere
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Jolie appeared to have a ball with the late, legendary director Agnès Varda, where she kept it casual in a giant neutral scarf.

2017: Hollywood Film Awards.
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Angelina Jolie shimmered in silver for her honoring at the Hollywood Film Awards.

2018: Golden Globes
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From the neck down, practically no one could guess that the actor wearing this statement gown by Atelier Versace.

2018: BAFTAs
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Jolie threw it back to 2012 in a trailing velvet gown by Ralph & Russo that bore a notable resemblance to Atelier Versace’s.

2018: Critics’ Choice Awards
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Angelina Jolie returned to a rare feather accent at the Critics’ Choice Awards.

2019: Maleficent: Mistress of Evil Italian Premiere
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Jolie channeled her titular character in a shimmery black Atelier Versace gown sans sleeves.

2019: Maleficent: Mistress Of Evil London Premiere
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Perhaps the magic of Disney got to her, because for the London premiere of the Maleficent sequel, Jolie’s custom Ralph & Russo couture made for one of her most adventurous looks in recorded history.

2019: Maleficent: Mistress of Evil London Premiere
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It’s been ages since she stepped onto a red carpet, but Jolie’s playfulness hints that when she resurfaces, she’ll deliver.

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