STYLE EVOLUTION

Michelle Williams’ Style Evolution, From Teenage Starlet to Vuitton It-Girl

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Michelle Williams has come a long way since her teenage years on Dawson’s Creek, but we’ve always loved watching out for her style. She became a brand ambassador for Louis Vuitton in 2017, and almost always wears the brand on the red carpet. Williams has a particular love for Nicolas Ghesquière’s long column gowns, wear variations of the silhouette that are as radiant as her old Hollywood looks. Williams first caught our attention with her minimalist looks of the early 2000’s and later, appearing on the scene with a collection of feminine dresses and a signature red lip. While the soft-spoken actress has never shied away from making a statement — using award acceptance speeches to advocate for reproductive freedom and paycheck equality — she has stayed away from trends, instead remaining true to herself with a quietly romantic aesthetic. Take a look back at her style through the years.

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A spaghetti strap moment at the 1999 Primetime Emmy Awards.

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Donning a grey pantsuit at the GLAAD Media Awards in 2000.

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Short and sweet at the now defunct Blockbuster Entertainment Awards, 2000.

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Flip-flops as formalwear at the Seventh Annual Women in Film Lucy Awards in 2000.

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Celebrating Dawson’s Creek‘s 100th episode in 2002

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Embracing the feminine side of things at the 2005 Brokeback Mountain premiere.

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Debuting bangs and a dark ensemble in 2006.

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A frilled mini-dress at the 2006 Whitney Gala.

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Gorgeous in marigold Vera Wang at the 2006 Academy Awards.

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Short and sparkly for the 2007 Film Independent’s Spirit Awards.

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At the New York Film Festival in 2008.

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Attending the Salute to American Heroes in 2008.

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Continuing her streak of short, white dresses at a 2010 screening of Blue Valentine.

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Channeling Marilyn at the My Week with Marilyn premiere.

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Going golden at the 2011 AFI Fest.

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A plunging look at the 2011 New York Film Festival.

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Trading in Blue Valentine for blue velvet at the Golden Globe Awards in 2012.

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At the Ireland Alliance Oscar Wilde Pre-Academy Awards Event, Williams opted for a mod-inspired LBD.

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Embracing spring at the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival.

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At a Take This Waltz screening, the actress opted for a lace-up LBD.

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Embracing the quirk of Comic-Con in a printed frock.

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Another chic LBD at the 2013 Whitney Gala.

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For the 2013 Oz: The Great and Powerful premiere, a strapless peacock blue dress.

Going punk at the 2013 Costume Institute Gala.

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Wearing Louis Vuitton to the Cabaret opening night on Broadway.

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With Nicolas Ghesquiere at the Foundation Louis Vuitton Opening in 2014.

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In Louis Vuitton, once again, at the ‘Charles James: Beyond Fashion’ Costume Institute Gala in 2014.

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Sequins and combat boots at the Suite Francaise Paris Premiere in 2015.

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Attending the Louis Vuitton show during Paris Fashion week.

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For the InStyle Awards in 2015, Williams wore a tough leather look.

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Attending the Louis Vuitton Series 3 VIP Launch in 2015.

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At the Louis Vuitton Cruise 2016 show.

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Williams wears a gilded black dress at the New York Film Critics Circle Awards.

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Wearing yellow Louis Vuitton at the 32nd Santa Barbara International Film Festival.

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Williams paired a lace Louis Vuitton gown with a thin ribbon choker at the 74th Annual Golden Globe Awards.

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Arriving at the Louis Vuitton Fall/Winter 2019 show in a crisp look from the brand.

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Williams wore a breathtaking Louis Vuitton column dress at the Met Gala in 2018.

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Stunning in Louis Vuitton at the 2018 premiere of Venom.

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Wearing Louis Vuitton at the 2019 premiere of FX’s Fosse/Verdon, for which Williams would receive several awards for her performance in the show.

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In 2019, Williams attended the Louis Vuitton Cruise 2020 fashion show in a collared dress from the brand.

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Williams wore Louis Vuitton at the New York premiere of her movie After The Wedding in 2019.

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She won her Emmy in 2019 for Fosse/Verdon, wearing a glittering Louis Vuitton gown.

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A winning look in Louis Vuitton, Williams used her acceptance speech to make an impassioned call for reproductive justice at the 2020 Golden Globe Awards.

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Williams accepted her award at the 2020 SAG Awards for her role in Fosse/Verdon in a sleek Louis Vuitton gown.