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Anne Hathaway’s Style Evolution Would Make Even Miranda Priestly Proud


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These days, hardly a major fashion week goes by without Anne Hathaway sitting front row. The actress has become a fashion staple, sitting next to Anna Wintour while taking in the latest Michael Kors or chatting with Blackpink’s Lisa at a Bulgari high jewelry collection. But that wasn’t always the case. When Hathaway first hit the scene after starring in The Princess Diaries back in 2001, she was walking red carpets in dresses layered over jeans, short sleeve button downs with ties—looks so stereotypically Y2K, they’re not even getting recreated now with the aughts style resurgence. A quick bond with Valentino Garavani changed all that, however, and Hathaway quickly became a Valentino girl (a title still still holds to this day), wearing gorgeous gowns on every red carpet she stepped on to. The actress has never been afraid of a little embellishment, and it’s rare to see her in a look without at least a hint of sparkle, meaning she always stands out among the sea of stars at every event. So, in honor of Hathaway’s 40th birthday, we’ve rounded up all of her best looks over the years, from her days as the Princess of Genovia to now.

2022: Armageddon Time Premiere
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Hathaway wore a silver, embellished Valentino fall 2022 haute couture dress with matching boots to the premiere of Armageddon Time at the New York Film Festival.

2022: Cannes Film Festival
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The actress kept it sleek and simple at Cannes, wearing a white, sequin-covered Armani Privé dress with a silk stole and train.

2022: WeCrashed Premiere
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Hathaway showed some skin in a blue and black David Koma spring 2022 dress at the WeCrashed premiere in March 2022.

2020: Critics’ Choice Awards
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Hathaway looked as glamorous as ever in a gold Atelier Versace dress with a plunging neckline and dramatic sleeves.

2020: Modern Love Premiere
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Showing off her baby bump in an off-white Oscar de la Renta one-shoulder top with white pants, Hathaway attended the premiere of Modern Love in NYC.

2019: The Hustle Premiere
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Hathaway wore a suit-inspired, embroidered Elie Saab pre-fall 2019 jumpsuit to the premiere of The Hustle.

2019: Serenity Premiere
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The attention was on this gorgeous Givenchy spring 2018 haute couture skirt when Hathaway smartly paired in with a simple black turtleneck bodysuit from Wolford.

2019: Golden Globe Awards
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Hathaway wore this cheetah print Elie Saab gown with a high slit to the 2019 Golden Globes.

2018: Ocean’s 8 Premiere
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The actress embraced patterns in this Jean Paul Gaultier spring 2018 haute couture empire waist halter dress at the premiere of Ocean’s 8 in June 2018.

2018: Met Gala
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Hathaway looked exceptionally regal in this Valentino spring 2018 couture dress, which she paired with a sunburst halo crown.

2017: Colossal Premiere
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Wearing an Armani Privé spring 2006 gown with a sculptural neckline and ruffled skirt, Hathaway attended the premiere of her film, Colossal.

2016: Alice Through the Looking Glass Premiere
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Hathaway’s whimsical Christopher Kane knee-length dress covered in roses was the perfect choice to promote an Alice in Wonderland film.

2016: Vanity Fair Oscar Party
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The actress wore a Naeem Kahn dress with an embroidered, art deco style overlay to the Vanity Fair Oscar party in 2016.

2015: Met Gala
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Hathaway proved sometimes simplicity is key in this custom Ralph Lauren gold lamé hooded column dress at the Met Gala in 2015.

2014: Interstellar Premiere
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Wearing a long-sleeve Wes Gordon spring 2015 dress, Hathaway attended the premiere for Interstellar in London.

2014: Met Gala
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Hathaway’s red Calvin Klein column dress with a sheer insert at the waist is reminiscent of the white Armani gown she wore to Cannes in 2022.

2014: Academy Awards
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The actress wore a crystal-embellished black, silk crepe halter neck dress to the Oscars in 2014.

2013: Met Gala
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The actress went a bit edgier for the 2013 Met Gala, wearing a Valentino couture gown with sheer side panels and stripes of embellishments. She walked the red carpet with Valentino Garavani himself, as she showed off her newly-dyed blonde hair.

2013: Academy Awards
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When Hathaway won her first and only Academy Award, she did so in a pale pink, column halter dress from Prada.

2013: Les Miserables Premiere
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Hathaway loves a good column silhouette, which is likely why she gravitated toward this strapless, fuchsia Prada gown with an embellished neckline.

2013: Screen Actors Guild Awards
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The actress wore a Giambattista Valli spring 2013 couture dress featuring a tulle overskirt to the SAG awards in 2013.

2013: Golden Globe Awards
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Hathaway looked gorgeous in this white Chanel spring 2009 couture gown with a slim peplum and subtle embellishment.

2012: The Dark Knight Rises Premiere
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The actress wore a gold beaded Gucci resort 2013 gown with a floral-covered halter neckline to the premiere of The Dark Knight Rises in 2012.

2012: One Day Premiere
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Hathaway looked especially sophisticated in a lace Alexander McQueen resort 2012 dress at the One Day Premiere in London.

2011: Academy Awards
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The actress embodied Old Hollywood glamour in a Valentino fall 2002 couture gown at the Oscars in 2011.

2011: Golden Globe Awards
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It’s all about the open back when it comes to this bronze Armani Privé fall 2010 dress.

2010: Met Gala
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Hathaway went full princess when she wore this strapless, gold Valentino pre-fall 2010 dress with a large tulle skirt to the Met Gala in 2010.

2010: Alice in Wonderland Premiere
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The actress always seems to gravitate toward metallics, so this choice of a bronze Vivienne Westwood dress with an asymmetric hem for the premiere of Alice in Wonderland in London makes sense for the actress.

2009: Tony Awards
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Hathaway paired this black strapless Oscar de la Renta dress with red, peep-toe Casadei heels at the Tony Awards in 2009.

2009: Met Gala
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Hathaway doesn’t normally wear short dresses, but she looked great in this rich purple Marc Jacobs fall 2009 look at the Met Gala.

2009: Academy Awards
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Hathaway’s paillette-covered Armani Privé spring 2009 gown at the 81st annual Oscars is one of her best looks to date.

2009: Golden Globe Awards
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The actress tapped Armani Privé for the Golden Globes in 2009, showing up in a dark blue strapless gown with an embellished torso.

2009: Bride Wars Premiere
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Hathaway ditched her usual glamorous dresses for a tailored suit with slim pants by Boy. by Band of Outsiders for the premiere of Bride Wars in 2009.

2008: Venice Film Festival
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Hathaway wore this gorgeous, aqua Atelier Versace dress to the Venice premiere of Rachel Getting Married.

2008: Academy Awards
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Hathaway wore a beautifully draped, one-shoulder Marchesa fall 2008 dress to the Academy Awards in 2008.

2007: Academy Awards
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The actress’ strapless, lace Valentino gown was decorated with a black, embellished bow on the front.

2007: Screen Actors Guild Awards
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Hathaway wore a black, tiered gown with a large rosette on the torso to the SAG Awards in 2007.

2006: The Devil Wears Prada Premiere
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Miranda would have likely approved of the elegant red dress Hathaway wore to The Devil Wears Prada premiere.

2006: Screen Actors Guild Awards
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Hathaway wore a satin blue and black Nina Ricci dress to the SAG Awards in 2006.

2005: Brokeback Mountain Premiere
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The actress wore a bronze, paillette-covered dress to the premiere of Brokeback Mountain in 2005.

2004: The Princes Diaries 2: Royal Engagement Premiere
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Keeping things casual, Hathaway wore boot-cut jeans and a sparkly gray wrap shirt to the premiere of the second Princess Diaries movie in 2004.

2004: Nickelodeon’s Kids’ Choice Awards
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Wearing one of the most early aughts looks ever, Hathaway attended the Kids’ Choice Awards in 2004.

2004: Ella Enchanted Premiere
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Hathaway wore a pink dress over jeans to the premiere of Ella Enchanted.

2004: Vanity Fair Oscar Party
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Wearing a floral orange, body-hugging dress, Hathaway attended the Vanity Fair Oscar party in 2004.

2003: Golden Globe Awards
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Hathaway showed a whole lot of leg in this ethereal Elie Saab, empire waist dress at the Golden Globes in January 2003.

2001: The Princess Diaries Premiere
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Wearing a simple, strapless mauve dress, Hathaway attended the premiere of The Princess Diaries in 2001.